The Grey Swan Guild News Wrap — The Week That Was March 12, 2021

Nike Air Max 90 “St Patricks Day” (2021)
☘️ Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. ☘️

The Great 😇

1.”Quit playing games with my heart”. Artificial hearts. Now there’s another solution for cardiac patients, and this one goes beyond fixing just an arrhythmia or single artery: a total artificial heart. The artificial heart is made by a French company called Carmat, and is designed for people with end-stage biventricular heart failure. That’s when both of the heart’s ventricles — chambers near the bottom of the heart that pull in and push out blood between the lungs and the rest of the body — are too weak to carry out their function.

Naomi ‘SexyCyborg’ Wu. (Newsbeezer)

The Good 😀

1.The singularity is nigh!? Graphene ‘Nano-Origami’ Could Take Us Past the End of Moore’s Law.
For decades our ability to miniaturize electronic components improved exponentially, and with it the performance of our chips. But in recent years we’ve started approaching the physical limits of the silicon technology we’ve become so reliant on, and progress is slowing.
One of the reasons is that the processes used to create these incredibly thin layers inevitably introduce defects that can change the properties of the material. Typically, these imperfections are seen as problematic, as any components made this way may not behave as expected.

Beeple’s collage, Everydays: The First 5000 Days, sold at Christie’s.

The Bad 😬

1.Netflix wants to stop users from sharing passwords. Bad news for people who share a Netflix account with another household as clampdown begins.
The message states: “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.”

Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese

The Ugly 😱

1.Google Chrome extension, UberCheats, helps Uber workers spot pay discrepancies. The extension automatically extracts the start and end points of each trip and calculates the shortest travel distance between the two. If that distance doesn’t match up with what Uber paid for, the extension marks it for closer examination. A few hundred workers have installed UberCheats on their browsers and some have taken their push for data to court. A group of British Uber drivers has sued the ride-hail company in Amsterdam under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The drivers say their profiles, obtained through a request to Uber, have gaps, including scant detail on how the company evaluates their performance. Google briefly removed the extension when Uber flagged it as a trademark violation, but reversed its decision after the founder appealed.

Online retailer’s headquarters in Beijing. PHOTO: MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Term of the Week: Swirlons!

Swirlons. New behaviour found in particles… We knew that some sub atomic material moves like particles and sometimes they move like waves. The new discovery indicates the move together as locusts do in a swarm, fish in a school and swans in a wedge

a new kind of matter that bends the laws of physics. (Technorites)

Meme of the Week — Nyan Cat

Nyan Cat is the name of an animation uploaded on April 2 2011, and became a viral internet sensation. The design of Nyan Cat was inspired by my cat Marty, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge but lives on in spirit.

Nyan Cat.

Chart of the Week: The coming consumer boom.

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