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Bridge Bytes: Weekly Tech Roundup 25/10/2019

12 months ago by Nathan Baldwin

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Ever wondered what it would be like to have a phone case made from artificial skin? Or what jumping on a quick plane to space would feel like? Well join us as we take a look at the newest (and weirdest) arrivals in the tech industry. It’s time to terabyte out of the latest tech news.

 

Artificial skin covers for your electrical devices

Scientists from Bristol University have developed an artificial skin cover for electrical devices, including mobile phones and laptops.  And if it couldn’t get any weirder, according to the developers, the artificial skin can react to touch. The overall goal of the project was to create a tactile cover that could identify and react to emotions through touch. But what the developers may have missed is the millions of late-night drunken texts that could occur because of this technology. Maybe it’s back to the drawing board on this one?

 

Virgin Galactic hits the stock market

Next week Virgin Galactic, along with Social Capital Hedosophia, a global holding company and investor, will open it’s trading doors to the New York Stock Exchange, allowing the public to get a financial piece of the cake. A ticket aboard the Virgin Galactic spacecraft will set you back around $250,000, so buying a small share is probably the more realistic option for many people. According to the projects commercial arm, there are already 600 people signed up, including me (not really). The first commercial journeys to space are set to take off in the first half of next year.

 

Twitter’s share value plummets

In more stock market news, this week Twitter shares fell by 20%, falling from $37.32 per share to £31.10 per share in the early trading on the NYSE. Twitter have released a public statement addressing the reason why they believe their shares have taken a beating. According to them, bugs in their advertising technology has contributed largely to the drop in shares and revenue. This isn’t the first time advertising has cause the social media giant problems. Earlier this year Twitter released a statement admitting they had been collecting and targeting users based on their personal information without the proper permissions.

 

Google announce their new search algorithm… Bert

Google have once again made the jobs of every marketer across the world more difficult with their new search algorithm. Despite the somewhat simple name, Bert actually stands for “Biodirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers”. The new AI driven search algorithm utilises complex Natural Language Processing technology to determine which search results should rank for search queries. The AI works by removing 15% of words from a search query and leaving Bert to figure out the missing pieces.