No Escape from Telephones

No Escape from Telephones: In 1953, a Telephone-Company Executive Predicts the Rise of Modern Smartphones and Video Calls. Given this predates a time in which regular telephones were scarce and not easily available, this is a pretty bold prediction. How right Mark R. Sullivan was.

No Escape from Telephones

We live in the age of the smartphone, which took more than a few of us by surprise. But in all human history, not a single piece of technology has actually come out of nowhere.

Source: In 1953, a Telephone-Company Executive Predicts the Rise of Modern Smartphones and Video Calls | Open Culture

Researchers Asked an Advanced AI Whether It Can Be Ethical

Here is what happened: (spoiler: No)

Ethical AI
Ethical AI

“AI will never be ethical,” the AI said during the debate. “It is a tool, and like any tool, it is used for good and bad. There is no such thing as a good AI, only good and bad humans.”

Source: Researchers Asked an Advanced AI Whether AI Could Ever Be Ethical, and It Said No

Fastly Global CDN Disruption

Fastly is one of the major CDN vendors globally. As a regular consumer you wouldn’t be aware of their service, until a failure hits. Today the service faced a configuration issue, that apparently hit global pages like NYTimes and Bloomberg, but also Amazon, Reddit and Twitter, as reported in multiple sources. The issue is reported resolved by the vendor as of this writing. Details on their status page:

Fastly’s Status Page – Global CDN Disruption.

Source: Fastly Status – Global CDN Disruption

Multiplayer Doom on Cloudflare Workers

“Does it run Doom?” is the ultimate nerd test for technology. CloudFlare passed today running multiplayer Doom on their edge worker network:

So, if a developer wants to run their next hit, say a real-time multiplayer game, using nothing but their app and Workers, without any servers or traditional infrastructure, can they? Let’s prove they can. Here’s Doom Multiplayer running on top of Cloudflare Workers.

Source: Multiplayer Doom on Cloudflare Workers