Happy Friday. If you like napping, this flower girl gets you. If you like a dozen donuts and one bagel, this wanted man might be your hero. And if you like the gym, this story should get your endorphins flowing.
And if you’re looking for five more interesting stories from this week, we’re here for you.
Intel is working on a solution for the skepticism around self-driving cars. A recurring concern is: Will these vehicles get in accidents, and what is the protocol if that does happen? Intel is compiling data on accidents and human nature in automobile-related situations that will create a set of data-driven guidelines. This framework will then be built into the software used in self-driving cars. This technology will not only reduce the frequency of accidents, but will also speed up the development of autonomous machines in general.
Facebook is tackling cyberbullying in all UK secondary schools. The solution takes the form of a “digital safety ambassador scheme,” which is a $1.3M initiative geared towards training one young person in each UK school to be equipped to support other children who are victims of cyberbullying. This comes after social media platforms have been receiving flak for facilitating online bullying—the solution stems from recent research suggesting that children are more likely to discuss bullying with peers, rather than an adult.
Snap Inc. has announced that it will be selling a Halloween costume based on one of its filters—the notorious dancing hot dog. For those who are unfamiliar, Snap featured a filter in which a dancing hot dog could be maneuvered around a user’s camera feed in real time. And so, transforming it into a costume is newsworthy… how? For one, we never could have predicted that Snap would infiltrate the costume industry. But more importantly, this is another increasingly common instance of augmented reality inspiring actual reality, rather than the other way around. The possibilities are endless.
Wearable fitness trackers are expanding. Meet Waggit, a Fitbit-style collar and app for dogs. The new gadget tracks dogs’ daily activities so that owners can finally know for sure if their pet is getting enough exercise; it has a thermometer to indicate temperature of both the dog and the atmosphere so owners can gauge their pet’s comfort; and it tracks vital signs, so owners know if their pet is ill, overexcited, not sleeping enough, and the list goes on. Waggit is in its Kickstarter phase right now, but it’s already approaching its stretch goal for funding. Technology already met health, and now it’s meeting dogs.
Up to one billion Swiss francs worth of bank notes are set to expire in 2020. As per long-standing Swiss government regulation, any banknote that has been replaced with a newer version must lose its monetary value 20 years after its replacement. Since a new banknote was introduced in Switzerland in 2000, its 70’s-era predecessor is about to become expensive wallpaper unless the government intervenes before 2020.