Items of Interest

Notable Internet History

Slate.com published a great article detailing some unique events in internet history, such as how Arpanet users created the first social network in 1979 to share their favourite science fiction, created emoticons to differentiate work topics from jokes, and wrote the first "Spoiler Alert" about Star Trek II!

Knitted Sky Map

Australian software engineer Sarah Spencer hacked a 1980's knitting machine to create a massive equatorial star map, with the plan to exhibit it at the Electromagnetic Field Camp festival on Aug 31st, 2018. As a result, the star map is aligned with the night sky on the date of the festival!

The Everyday Calendar

Simone Giertz, the robotics enthusiast who initially became known for her useless robots, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a device called the Everyday Calendar. The device allows you to touch a day on the screen to illuminate the hexagon for that day. The idea is the device aids you in keeping to habits and routines. The project has already 10x'd its goal and has 28 days to go.

Quantum > Classical

An international group of quantum computing researchers led by Robert König at the Technical University of Munich designed a set of shallow depth quantum circuits that operate in parallel. When this circuit is used to solve a particular math problem it offers conclusive proof that quantum circuits are computationally more powerful than classical ones working under the same constraints.

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