A list of intriguing things
One: The future is already here. You can now implant a chip into your hand—which will allow you to pay wherever contactless payments are accepted—be it “a drink on the beach in Rio, a coffee in New York, a haircut in Paris—or at your local grocery store." Oh it is perfectly safe and doesn’t need any battery or other power source. Just point and scan, baby! See how WalletMor works below. (BBC News)
Two: Yeah, yeah, intelligent machines are going to take over the world. But until then, we can enjoy the sight of AI learning the basics of human language. This machine, for example, creates three-star Michelin dishes by interpreting phrases like Michelin star chef, deconstructed, and amuse-gueule. They look seriously fancy until you start noticing weird shit like bits of moss—and a strange furry substance shoved into the bottom half of a burger. (Fast Company)
Three: Mumbai-based Viren Bhagat is what is known as a ‘super jeweller’. These are deliberately low-profile masters of their craft—who only create limited, one-of-a-kind pieces. They work with the rarest of stones and sell only by appointment to only certain people. The Hindu and Vanity Fair have excellent profiles of Bhagat. The Victoria & Albert Museum video features Bhagat talking about his craft. And you can browse through images of his creations on this Pinterest board.
Four: Now that overly smart 5-year-olds can solve the plain old Rubik’s cube, the Japanese have come up with an ‘impossible’ version. It looks like the old one except… the colours keep changing—depending on how you view them! What? Why? No! Gizmodo has more details, and you can see the demo vid below.