This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 19)


AUTOMATION

Alphabet’s Wing Starts Drone Deliveries to US Homes

Kris Holt | Engadget
“Alphabet’s Wing has started making deliveries by drone to homes in the US for the first time. During a pilot program in Christiansburg, Virginia, drones will drop off packages from FedEx, Walgreens and local retailer Sugar Magnolia, which include over-the-counter medication, snacks and gifts.”

NEUROSCIENCE

The US Military Is Trying to Read Minds

Paul Tullis | MIT Technology Review
“A new DARPA research program is developing brain-computer interfaces that could control ‘swarms of drones, operating at the speed of thought.’ What if it succeeds?”

CRYPTOCURRENCY

New Alternative to Bitcoin Uses Negligible Energy

Charles Q. Choi | IEEE Spectrum
“…[the researchers] argue that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies based on blockchains are essentially overkill. …The researchers say their consensusless algorithms are not only secure, but also consume negligible amounts of electricity, with transactions each requiring about as much as energy as exchanging emails.”

SPACE

SpaceX Looks to Rule Space With 30,000 More Satellites

Eric Mack | CNET
“The filings come in addition to the 12,000 Starlink satellites previously approved by the FCC. Yes, you did the math right: SpaceX would like to ultimately be able to operate up to 42,000 satellites. …Estimates of the total number of satellites launched by humanity come to about 8,500, which means SpaceX is aiming to nearly quintuple that figure on its own.”

FUTURE OF FOOD

The UN World Food Program Is Looking for a Unicorn to End World Hunger by 2030

Justin Jaffe | CNET
“The magnitude of the program’s audacious goal—eliminating hunger by 2030—is difficult to comprehend. But the WFP’s startups help crystallize the specific, multifaceted challenges people are facing in the world’s poorest regions—and the incredibly meaningful implications of the technologies and solutions they’re working on.”

This post was previously published on singularityhub.com and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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