Unbound: No 161
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Unbound: No 161

The robots are coming, but older workers have less to fear than they might think by Torsten Bell | The Gaurdian We need to talk about economic change – how fast it’s happening and what it looks like when it does. Everyone says technology means economic change is accelerating, and that

The robots are coming, but older workers have less to fear than they might think
by Torsten Bell | The Gaurdian

Photo by Rock'n Roll Monkey on Unsplash

We need to talk about economic change – how fast it’s happening and what it looks like when it does. Everyone says technology means economic change is accelerating, and that when the robots arrive the result is current, largely older, workers losing their jobs.

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Ethereum 2.0 upgrade has brought more centralization to the blockchain

by Crypto.news | Investing.com

Photo by DrawKit Illustrations on Unsplash

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) &. Co. has shed light on how the Ethereum network decentralization has decreased significantly since the Merge event and Shanghai upgrade went live.

The rise of staking and centralization
Since implementing the Merge and Shanghai upgrades, Ethereum has seen a substantial uptick in staking activities.

Staking, a process where users lock up their crypto assets to support network operations, has its merits. According to a CoinDesk report citing JPMorgan research, this surge in staking activity comes at a cost: centralization.

Traditionally, many in the crypto community prefer decentralized liquid staking platforms like Lido over their centralized counterparts.

Lido’s approach included adding more node operators to ensure no single entity controlled a significant portion of staked Ether (ETH). The aim was to address centralization concerns.

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What’s Cooking in Lowe’s’ Infinite VR Kitchen?
by Emily Olman | AR Insider

How memorable is an experience in VR? How much more engaging? For whom will it be more valuable, your customers or your internal stakeholders? And will it differ for shopping, training, or even learning? Featured at AWE USA, the Lowe’s Infinite Kitchen featuring HaptX, brought us inside research the Lowe’s Innovation Labs (full video below) to imagine the future of stores that are infused with spatial commerce.

My time in the Lowe’s Infinite Kitchen demo was brief but immersive. Within moments I was “in the kitchen”, and the level of immersion was heightened with HaptX gloves and full occlusion. In that sense, I don’t think that a mixed reality experience – partially occluded with physical and digital elements – would have had the same impact. For example, a mixed reality experience would reveal the HaptX gloves when I looked down at my hands, thus breaking the illusion. VR conversely creates a believable simulation – in tandem with the gloves – that I’m feeling the handle on the faucet, or opening the oven, or filling a pan with batter.

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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
A Bear on Mars?

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured this bit of ursine pareidolia on Dec. 12, 2022. While it resembles a bear we might see on Earth, this is actually a hill on Mars with a peculiar shape. A V-shaped collapse structure makes the nose, two craters form the eyes, and a circular fracture pattern shapes the head. The circular fracture pattern might be due to the settling of a deposit over a buried impact crater.

Launched on August 12, 2015, the MRO studies the history of water on Mars and observes small-scale features on the planet’s surface. See more examples of pareidolia—the human tendency to see recognizable shapes in unfamiliar objects or data—from Mars.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona


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