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Friday of the future: about the threat from 6G and the songs of Janet Jackson, about cyborgized lawyers and about the absence of objective reality

Greetings! This time it turns out that in the "Friday of the future" we will not talk about such distant

things that can be assessed in person very soon or are already available. And some have completely remained in the past, reminding that not all technologies are compatible with each other.

Table of Contents

  • Janet Jackson's song broke hard drives
  • NASA is hunting for UFOs again
  • AR navigation launched at Sheremetyevo
  • The problem of oxygen on Mars has already been solved
  • Russia will create a new air purification system on the ISS
  • 6G networks threaten the brain
  • British lawyers want to become a little cyborg
  • Drones for road repair were created in Kurgan
  • Artificial intelligence will select the font for you
  • Objective reality does not exist

Janet Jackson's song broke hard drives

American singer Janet Jackson hardlyever dreamed of her music becoming destructive, so she didn't experiment like Motorhead with the maximum power of sound equipment and set fire to places of worship, like representatives of black metal. But a recent Microsoft story puts her Rhythm Nation song in the category of the most destructive musical act in history. Fortunately, YouTube has disabled the ability to view this video in Russia, so it can no longer threaten any laptops.

It all happened in the days when laptops werelarge and stood in them the operating system Windows XP. From one of the companies that produce laptops in Microsoft, a complaint was received that when playing the video for Janet Jackson's song Rhythm Nation, the hard drive fails on them. A short investigation showed that the problem appeared not at one manufacturer, but in the laboratory it was found that on devices where the musical composition did not start, but they were next to the laptop playing it, the drive could also be damaged. Moreover, among the victims were only models with disks with a rotation speed of 5400 rpm. Some frequencies were to blame for everything, and the problem was easily solved by adding a filter that excludes the possibility of reproducing such destructive vibrations. However, as it was noted, some netbooks later had to deal with the fact that music played too loudly by their speakers could also damage disk drives.

NASA is hunting for UFOs again

The American space agency NASA againis looking for UFOs. True, now, for the sake of maintaining scientific prestige, the name has been changed, and instead of the canonical UFO (UFO, unidentified flying objects), the term UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, unidentified air phenomena) is used. At the same time, it is emphasized that the fact that UAPs have an extraterrestrial origin is out of the question. NASA has no scientific evidence, so fans of The X-Files should not confuse fantasy with the real world. We are talking about the study of phenomena that have been reliably observed and at the same time are neither aircraft nor known meteorological phenomena.

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Research should start in early autumn andlast for 9 months. A group of specialists can have no more than 17 people, and the entire budget will be 100 thousand dollars. No field research and chasing little green men - purely office work. Experts must collect all the information NASA has about UAP, separate invalid cases, assess the amount of information suitable for scientific research, and create recommendations for applying artificial intelligence to UAP analysis. In general, the AI ​​will replace Mulder and Scully.

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AR navigation launched at Sheremetyevo

And at Sheremetyevo Airport, the future is already partlyhas come. A new option has appeared in the airport's own application - navigation with augmented reality. It was developed by Sber AR / VR Lab and should help passengers of airport terminals quickly and easily find the necessary objects. It’s almost like a search for Pokemon, only less colorful and confusing, but at the same time carrying great practical benefits: it’s not so easy to figure out the Sheremetyevo terminal system without a habit, but to navigate inside in a crowd of people arriving and departing who are endlessly in a hurry somewhere, all the more . Classic pointers don't help much, so augmented reality should come in handy here.

Image from the RIA Novosti website

To start navigating the AR worldSheremetyevo, you will need to install the application, find an online scoreboard in it or scan your boarding pass. After that, you can start navigating: for those who arrive, look for how to get to the desired exit and transport, and for those who depart, to the desired gate. Additionally, you can search for shops/cafes/toilets or other airport facilities, the application will plot the shortest route to them. To follow it, you point the camera at your surroundings and see direction signs, location names, and so on on it. You don't need GPS or other navigation — the app will determine your position from the video stream, identifying location checkpoints.

The problem of oxygen on Mars has already been solved

One of the problems that cause mankind tohas not yet begun the colonization of Mars, is the lack of a breathable atmosphere on it. Delivery of any kind of oxygen supply is not yet possible even in Elon Musk's wildest dreams. So the only option is to find a way to turn the gas mixture from the atmosphere of Mars into breathable air. And on this path, scientists from the American Physical Institute and the University of Lisbon made an important step. They developed an installation that, using plasma, can obtain oxygen from Martian CO2.

Image from the AIP website

The theory was based that the collisionhigh-energy electrons with CO2 molecules will lead to the decomposition of this substance or to the release of heat. This energy can also be used to break down carbon dioxide. The assumption is based on the fact that in a rarefied atmosphere (and on Mars it is just such) CO2 molecules have less stability, and when they enter a rarefied plasma, they will be separated into carbon monoxide and oxygen. The design showed that it is quite possible to create an installation that will successfully cope with the task of separating oxygen and carbon monoxide: new CO2 molecules in it do not combine with oxygen. However, the developers also have a new challenge - creating a plasma requires a significant amount of energy, which has yet to be obtained on Mars.

Russia will create a new air purification system on the ISS

If providing Martians with oxygen is a matterdistant future, the problem of cleaning the air on the ISS is already today. The enclosed space of a space station is not only fraught with bouts of claustrophobia, but is also a favorable environment for the reproduction of microorganisms. Now on board the station, in addition to astronauts, there are about 100 species of microscopic stowaways, among which there are those dangerous to human health. Including staphylococci and aspergillus, but thanks to air purification systems, their number can be kept at a safe level, and so far no diseases of bacterial origin have been recorded at the station. At the same time, the older the space object becomes, the more difficult it is to maintain this level. So in the near future the ISS is waiting for the replacement of the cleaning system.

Image from Roscosmos website

New samples of air purification system alreadydeveloped in Russia by the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern. Even before the first samples of the system go to the ISS (and this is scheduled for 2024), their terrestrial prototypes have already begun to work. Now systems of bacterial air purification are used in medical institutions and in transport. At the same time, solutions that have proven themselves on Earth cannot be immediately sent into space due to a number of specific requirements. At the moment, refinement is underway to fulfill these conditions, after which the ISS will receive a new cleaning system.

6G networks threaten the brain

Since the very first mobile networks, oneremains unchanged: each new generation they are suspected of threatening humanity. Various options are offered - from frying the brain, like a microwave, in the most uneducated Luddites to looking for the danger of developing tumor diseases in quite serious scientific institutions. And now Chinese scientists have reported that 6G technology is unsafe. The problem lies in terahertz radiation, which can affect the human brain. Experiments have not yet been performed on humans, but experimental mice demonstrated a 2.5-fold increase in the growth of brain cells under such radiation.

Image from South China Morning Post website

However, if you were worried about the animals thatput under the emitter, that is, good news. The experiment was carried out in a Petri dish in which neuronal cells of mice were placed. There they were irradiated with terahertz radiation with a power of 100 microwatts. A three-minute exposure resulted in a 150% growth spurt, and the total bond length doubled in three days. At the same time, no unhealthy deviations were recorded. If you are ready to go out with a banner against 6G, then scientists suggest to linger: the result obtained is not enough to determine the degree of harm to a person, additional research is required.

British lawyers want to become a little cyborg

But British lawyers would not mind at all,if only their brains had developed a bit. True, while they dream not that under the 6G towers they will increase their neural connections, but about becoming someone like Johnny Mnemonic. If you were afraid of being chipped through a covid vaccine, then you are clearly not on your way with the Law Society of Britain. After all, they believe that it would be good to chip lawyers, so that with the help of chips implanted in the brain, they would examine documents faster and with fewer errors.

Image from website Daily Mail

Although such technologies suitable for massimplementation does not exist, British lawyers managed to issue a special report "Neurotechnologies, Law and the Legal Profession", which substantiates the practical benefits of implanting chips that would help a lawyer quickly scan many years of reference material. At the moment, more law firms are simply required to carry out such tasks, which leads to the fact that the average cost of a lawyer in London is £ 1,000 per hour. In the case of replacing additional employees, even with very expensive technology, this figure would gradually decrease. In the meantime, it is noted that some lawyers are already ready to become cyborgs in order to gain competitive advantages, despite the fact that modern British law does not allow such modifications without medical indications.

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Drones for road repair were created in Kurgan

While British lawyers dream of electronicsheep, in the Kurgan took a small step towards realizing the fears of Stephen King, described in the story "Trucks". No, there is no talk of an uprising of machines, but the road equipment of the Region-45 enterprise can be controlled online. At the same time, the car does not become a full-fledged drone, since the control is carried out remotely from a smartphone or tablet on which the corresponding program is installed. Considering that Wi-Fi is used to connect the control terminal with the equipment, you can be sure that all machines remain under supervision.

Image from website Ura.ru

The new system also has a major advantage overhabitual direct human control. It has built-in protection against the launch of incompatible or invalid processes, as well as accidental pressing. Several employees can control one machine at the same time, and the work manager can control both in real time and by recording. At the moment, it is reported about the possibility of working with an asphalt distributor, a watering and sanding machine, tracking the movement of equipment, viewing the duration of the route and stopping.

Artificial intelligence will select the font for you

As humanity increasingly gravitates towardIn order to learn new things from a video instead of reading a text, the development of artificial intelligence can help to return to reading. One of the main reasons for not reading is the complete lack of a convenient font customization system. For paper media, this parameter cannot be changed, but on the screen, everyone could choose the font that is most comfortable for him. There are two problems with this: the font you like is not necessarily easy to read, and also few people can spend a lot of time choosing the right one from the dozens and hundreds of available fonts. Both of these problems can be solved in the future by artificial intelligence.

Image from website Android-robot.ru

In a study of readability in one of theAdobe projects developed the FontMART machine learning model. A team of researchers working with people, typographers, data scientists, and the UCF Readability Researcher worked to improve digital readability through the use of customized typography. As a result, it was confirmed that the readability and choice of font depend on the individual. So far, the AI ​​model for selecting fonts is still far from perfect (in the study, only 8 fonts were operated on: four with serifs, four without), but in the future it is assumed that FontMART will be able to reading, etc.) select the font individually, thus improving the readability.

Objective reality does not exist

And since we're talking about personalityperception, we can not say about the discovery of Brazilian scientists. At the ABC Federal University (UFABC) in São Paulo, a group of researchers tested the "principle of complementarity" proposed in 1928 by Niels Bohr. According to this principle, the same objects have complementary properties that cannot be observed and measured at the same time. So, in an experiment with two electrons, it is possible to determine the position in space of only one of them. This assumption was confirmed in 1978 by John Wheeler, who repeated Thomas Young's 1801 double slit experiment to study the properties of light. Only unlike the researcher of the XIX century, he investigated the device, which worked in two modes of measurement - waves and particles. Later, however, when applying the principle of quantum superposition to experiments with particles, data were obtained that seemed to disprove Bohr's "principle of complementarity".

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At UFABC University, scientists used methodsnuclear magnetic resonance, similar to those used in medical imaging when manipulating the nuclear spins of various atoms in a molecule using electromagnetic radiation. In a special facility, a new interference device for the nuclear spin of the proton was created in order to investigate its wave and partial reality in the quantum field. According to scientists, the new experiments gave the same statistical picture as the previous ones, but at the same time confirmed Bohr's "principle of complementarity". The particles of matter under certain conditions behaved like a wave, which confirms the principle that reality depends on the observer, and does not exist objectively. Quantum systems get their own reality only after an experimental model is created, i.e. scientists are starting to work with them.

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