On Episode 407 of The Waves of Tech, we are covering a bizarre collection of technology topics for the week. After learning of the stranded Thailand soccer team, Elon Musk put SpaceX and Boring Company engineers on the clock to create a mini submarine (a kid-sized escape pod) to assist with rescue efforts. Across the country and specifically in California, the risk of fireworks leading to wildfires and property damage is leading July 4 organizers to contract with Intel to create drone shows to celebrate Independence Day. eBay is ramping up their efforts to steal some attention and customers away from Amazon Prime Day by offering super discounted items to any and all visitors to their e-commerce site. Facebook is back in the news after flagging the text of the Declaration of Independence as hate speech. Their use of artificial intelligence to identify hateful posts still needs some fine tuning. The Waves of Tech is powered by modernlife.network – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions. Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.
Elon Musk & SpaceX Build Mini Escape Pod
Many of us have been following the developments of the Thailand youth soccer team stranded in a cave for two weeks. Multiple countries have assisted with the rescue mission. Upon hearing the reports, Elon Musk immediately tasked SpaceX and Boring Company engineers to manufacture a “kid-sized submarine” as a Plan B for rescue divers.
- The pod is made from SpaceX Falcon parts and weighs roughly 90 pounds
- Engineers tested the unit in pools in Los Angeles, live tweeting the testing
- This may pave the way for innovation and technology in search and rescue operations
- Musk donated Tesla Powerwall batteries and pumps for removing water from cave
Fireworks Being Slowly Replaced by Drones
In many states and cities, fireworks are banned. Due to the high risk of wildfires, potential loss of property, and significantly poor air quality, drones are becoming an alternative to the booming fireworks displays many of us are used to. Several northern California counties and some Air Force Bases in California have implemented drones shows already.
- Wildlifes continue to be a soaring issue in California; drought conditions continue
- Intel programmers and designers are painting the show with amazing displays
- Shows are being created to share a story of independence and freedom
- Major sporting events have replaced fireworks with drones (Super Bowl, Olympics)
13th Annual Podcast Awards Nominations
Once again, The Waves of Tech is up for a Podcast Award. The annual awards ceremony is in its thirteenth iteration and continues to be the go-to awards event in the podcasting industry. Head over to https://www.podcastawards.com/, select Listener Nominations, and vote for your favorite podcasts. Don’t forget to select The Waves of Tech! Your support is appreciated.
eBay Tries to Steal Prime Day Thunder
Amazon Prime Day is coming July 16. But, eBay is getting ahead of the game and dropping prices on hundreds of goods on their platform. And the beauty of eBay is that there are no membership fees, free shipping on items, and a wide selection of products. If you’re a bargain deal hunters or looking for to drop some e-commerce funds, check em out.
- Discounts on TVs, cameras, gaming gear, and wearable computing devices
- Add to that smart home gadgets, bluetooth speakers, and much more
- eBay has the ability to take up more market share and presence in e-commerce
- The company still struggles with an image of being a discounted auction site
Facebook Flags Declaration of Independence as Hate Speech
If you are not aware, Facebook uses a combination of artificial intelligence and human review to determine whether posts and text on the social media site is to be considered hate speech. A small Texas publisher, The Vindicator, posted snippets of the text of the Declaration of Independence that was later flagged and removed by Facebook. Oops, that didn’t work.
- Facebook restored the post about their human review process was implemented
- At least this shows that Facebook is working on the issues of hate speech removal
- There is still plenty of head way to be made in using AI to make our decisions
- No harm no foul on this situation, but it’s not the first time AI has failed Facebook
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