Techaways – The week best bits in 4 bites

Techaways – The week best bits in 4 bites

Gordon Ramsay on Alexa

Source: Youtube

This year’s Super Bowl ads introduced us to some truly delicious concepts like a new Crocodile Dundee movie, a rapping Morgan Freeman, the fact that Danny DeVito might be an M&M in human form, and a spine-tingling Anthony Hopkins version of Alexa. A not so delicious idea to come from this year’s crop of Super Bowl ads, however, is the Gordon Ramsay app for Alexa.

First seen in the Amazon Super Bowl ad telling some poor Echo user that the recipe for a Grilled Cheese Sandwich is in the ****ing name, The Gordon Ramsay Alexa app has been extended, and it is as brutal as you would expect. If you have been on Ramsay’s Twitter feed recently, you will know how his Alexa app works. For reasons unbeknownst to you or I, people are lining up, on Twitter, to send the celebrity chef pictures of their culinary creations so that he can offer them some feedback. Spoiler alert for those who have not already seen this, he does not offer constructive criticism. Ramsay’s Alexa app works in much the same way. You ask him what he thinks of your dish, and he tells you.

If you are a glutton for punishment, try the Gordon Ramsay Alexa app for yourself.

All aboard the Saturn Submarine

Source:  NASA/JPL/Univ. Arizona/Univ. Idaho

If you are not a masochist, like Gordon Ramsay’s 6.62 million followers on Twitter, there is one way you could get away from his stinging criticisms, put your name down for NASA’s newest planned project. All aboard The Saturn Submarine.

Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, offers scientists a real chance at finding extra-terrestrials in our Solar system as it has plenty of seas and lakes that could be teaming with life. The prospect seems too tantalizing for NASA to ignore as researchers have already begun simulating the conditions of Titan’s seas and lakes so that they can learn how to build a craft that will navigate through the murky deep of Saturn’s largest moon.

The Saturn Submarine project, which has been penciled in for a 2032 launch date offers a long list of challenges that will need to be overcome by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. Although Titan’s lakes offer the promise of life, they are very different from lakes found here on earth. Not least because the lakes are not made of water, but rather ethane and methane chilled to between 25 and 150 degrees Celsius below zero. Overcoming these challenges is not the end of it either, any heat or nitrogen created by the submarine could affect the craft’s ability to take accurate readings.

This seems like a real head scratcher then with plenty of hurdles between here and the finish line, 886 million miles away. With the possibility of discovering aliens in our own backyard, however, you can bet that it will only be a matter of time before The Saturn Submarine, man’s first ever craft to navigate a liquid surface off-world, splashes down into the freezing oceans of Titan. All aboard.

Is this the real life Tony Stark?

Source: Mashable 

If submarines sailing in freezing oceans on the moons of far-off planets sounds like science fiction to you, then you will be wowed by a cool video by artist Joanie Lemercier. Lemercier has created what he calls no-lograms, and they would not be out of place in Tony Stark’s lab. That is right; Lemercier is playing around with Iron Man level tech!

Lemercier became obsessed with holograms when he first saw R2D2 project Princess Leia’s distress call in Star Wars: A New Hope. He has spent years creating an innovative technique that uses motion sensors and water droplets to create volumetric projections. By simply moving his hands he can manipulate holographic projections just like Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man or Tom Cruise in Minority Report.

“My works explore geometric patterns, forms that repeat themselves in nature, and the similarities that we can observe when we look at the structure of the universe in its different scales. Volumetric projections are also a great means to question the nature of reality and how technology can change our perception of the world we saw. “

You need to see this to believe it.

Prepare for the toilet revolution

Source: Big Think

Bill Gates wants to revolutionize the toilet, and he is not doing it because he is worried about the effects of eating the dishes that people are posting on Gordon Ramsay’s Twitter. In fact, Bill is trying to address an issue that affects over 2 billion people worldwide and kills more children than malaria, measles, and AIDS combined.

Access to clean water is a serious problem, and unsanitary living conditions cause a whopping 88% of deaths around the globe. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge aims to address this by creating new ways to deal with toilet waste that don’t rely on complicated plumbing. Chemical solutions are the best way to deal with this problem as there is little to no chance that expensive infrastructure projects will take place in the parts of the world that suffer from unsanitary conditions the most.

The foundation has already awarded many grants and currently has a project being tested in Ghana. There is no doubt that if Gates can, in fact reinvent the toilet many lives will be saved. Next time you go to the toilet during the ad break take a second to think about what life would be like if you could not simply flush away all your toilet waste.

That is it for Tech Away’s this week, so there is just one thing left to do. Gordon, what did you think of this week’s Tech Aways?

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