Mysterious News Briefly — March 23, 2021
A new study warns that climate change is leading to warmer winter weather throughout the southern U.S. that makes it even more attractive to tropical plants and animals looking to move north and hang out in the Florida Everglades with Burmese pythons and other invasive species. What the southern U.S. needs is more invasive chefs who know how to cook tropical plants and animals.
William “Captain Kirk” Shatner is boldly going where no man has gone before by celebrating his 90th birthday with the creation of an AI version of himself to “preserve his memory and legacy for generations to come.” Is this really to preserve his legacy or to create an AI version of himself that will be around when there’s more green alien women?
California’s Coachella Valley is about to have the world’s first neighborhood comprised entirely of 3D-printed eco-friendly houses with prices for a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,450 sq ft home starting at $595,000. All you need now is a 3D printer that prints money.
NASA and SpaceX have signed a joint agreement to actively work together to prevent collisions between SpaceX’s thousands of satellites and NASA’s spaceships, telescopes, satellites and other space objects. Has anyone at NASA tried Tesla’s autonomous autopilot mode yet?
If you think summers seem to be getting longer and hotter, you’re right – a new study found not only is this true, but that these hot summers in the Northern Hemisphere will last six months by the end of the century. You’ll know we’re in trouble when the hotdog you order from the vendor at a baseball game is in flames by the time it gets passed to you.
Ozlem Tureci, who co-founded the German company BioNTech which created the world’s first widely used coronavirus vaccine, says she’s using the same technology to make a cancer vaccine she expects to be available in a few years. If you put that same kind of effort into your pandemic lockdown activity, by now you’d own a sourdough bakery.
The Asian giant ‘murder’ hornets are back and entomologists in the U.S. and Canada are looking for citizen entomologists to help set traps using either orange juice or brown sugar as bait. If that new odd-looking neighbor who joins you on the outdoor patio for your juice-and-cereal breakfast seems like he can’t stop buzzing about his kids … run!
IBM says its scientists are working on Project Debater, an artificial intelligence (AI) program whose sole purpose is to defeat humans in debates. Based on what we’re seeing lately on Sunday morning news shows, your old smart watch can already do that.
According to the BBC, the United Kingdom’s Army is about to shrink by 10,000 soldiers and they’ll be replaced by drones and combat robots. Robots will never replace all British soldiers until they can march while wearing bearskin hats.
An AI research scientist trained a sophisticated text-writing AI algorithm to create pickup lines for singles and some of them seem like they’d work (I'm losing my voice from all the screaming your hotness is causing me to do!) while others could get you some confused looks (Will you sit on my breadbox while I cook or is there some kind of speed limit on that thing?). The bad news is, most of them will have you going home with yet another sexbot.