• What fictional alien encounters can teach us about our own reality

    The prospect of contacting sentient aliens is a staple of science fiction. Of course, we have yet to (knowingly) find any; and it’s not impossible (albeit unlikely) that we are the only sentient beings in the universe. Still, speculating about how contact with an alien race might go is something we tend to enjoy. Here are some fictional first contact scenarios and some thoughts on whether they are, at all, plausible. The massive invasion — Independence Day I can’t believe this movie was made in 1996. Or rather, I can’t believe how long it’s been since 1996. (Yes, I’m talking about the original. The sequel doesn’t exist in my reality).…

  • Fujifilm unveils the X-T4, its new and improved flagship mirrorless camera

    After the announcement of its new and improved X100V compact camera, Fujifilm has unveiled its flagship mirrorless shooter, the X-T4. True to the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” adage, the Japanese manufacturer has changed little about the camera on the outside — not that this is a problem, factoring in the excellent built quality of its predecessor, the X-T3. That said, there are some minor tweaks, like sleeker, sharper edges, similar to the path Fujifilm took with the X100V. The biggest improvements are on the inside. The X-T4 finally gets built in image stabilization, which should make the device a lot more useful for video. Fujifilm relies on…

  • ‘Long Bitcoin? Warren Buffett suggests shorting suitcases’

    Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin BTC every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Marx used to say: Time to learn some stuff about Bitcoin! Bitcoin price We closed the day, February 24 2020, at a price of $9,650. That’s a notable 2.73 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$271.40. It was the lowest closing price in three days. We’re still 51 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $175,977,808,526. It now commands 64…

  • It’s 2020 and tech still sucks at diversity – here’s how we fix it

    The tech industry, which is ironically synonymous with innovation and progress, has a deep-rooted problem: A lack of diversity.  It’s a well-known fact that male entrepreneurs tend to raise more money for their startups than their female counterparts. According to Atomico’s State of European Tech 2019 report, which polled over 1,200 founders across Europe, nearly a quarter of respondents said they had experienced discrimination on factors ranging from ethnicity to age.  As part of its research, the venture capital firm also asked founders whether they had raised external cash or bootstrapped their companies. Some 21% of the respondents were female, but worryingly they only made up 15% of those who…

  • The sustainability of wearables will depend on how we use them

    Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring how tech can help achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this year? Check out the full ‘Sustainable Societies‘ program here. The pace at which various high -tech products have proliferated in consumer markets during the past few decades has been furious. Think for instance the emergence of mobile phones in the 1980s in comparison to today’s nearly 5 billion mobile phone users. Yet the future forecast is even more inconceivable: the Internet of Things (IoT) is envisioned to have over 20 billion connected objects by 2020 (!). That means there will be over double as many internet-connected…

  • What developers can teach us about responsive design

    Character units This one is fairly new to me. Character units (CH) are fairly niche and typically used to set the width of paragraphs to help improve legibility and create content that is comfortable to consume and easy to scan. A single character unit width: 1ch should result in a paragraph where every character is placed on a new line– and it does. Although in reality, the ch unit isn’t really counting characters, but instead estimating the number of characters per line, by taking the width of the zero character in any given typeface and multiplying it by the value we provide. WCAG Accessibility guidelines suggest a maximum of 80 characters/glyphs per line and 40 characters…