A mysterious underwater orb

Plus, sad Gen Z.
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Tech Trivia:

When was the first electric car built?

Hint: It wasn’t by anyone whose name begins with a T!


(Scroll to the bottom to find the answer)

We checked in with the scientists who discovered that mysterious ‘orb’ thing two miles underwater | Futurism

“A delicate coral, the color of a cherry blossom or a peony, moves gently with the water, each of its intricate arms outfitted with curled, spindle-like fingers. Unlike some of its relatives, this coral is skeleton-free — almost gelatinous in appearance, and see-through around the edges. … The camera, outfitted to the side of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) remote-operated vehicle (ROV), zooms back out, turning its eye forward as the vessel continues its trek along the seafloor. There's life everywhere, but roughly two miles under the surface, it's not like we're used to. ”

What’s in a watch? | Bulova

Some people might see a delicately designed piece of art on your wrist — vintage vibes with a modern twist. With the new Bulova Jet Star, they’ll see a beautiful timepiece inspired by its original 1973 design, complete with its bold shape and retro color details. The Jet Star is powered by the proprietary Precisionist 262kHz movement, a revolutionary 8-jewel quartz mechanism vibrating at a remarkable 262kHz, accurate to 5 seconds per month, with a sweeping seconds hand ... But you know what else they will see? A watch that can be passed down for generations, so that in 100 years — because of its impeccable design and timeless style — your family will still be showing off the Bulova Jet Star everywhere they go. Time is precious and so is the watch you choose. [Ad]

Ski resorts are giving up on snow | Wired

“The science around what the climate crisis means for ski resorts makes for grim reading. In a paper published in Nature Climate Change in August 2023, a team lead by Hugues François of the University of Grenoble projected the ‘snow supply risk’ for 2,234 European ski resorts, based on global average temperature increases of 2 and 4 degrees Celsius. Under the 4-degree warming scenario, they found that 98 percent of the resorts would face ‘a very high risk’ to their natural snow supply. Even if global temperature rises can be kept to 2 degrees (a threshold likely to be exceeded by the middle of this century), more than half of the places the team looked at would struggle for natural snow.”

I asked a music psychologist why Gen Z loves sad songs | Esquire

“This year crying is all the rage — at least, among Gen Z users. According to Spotify’s data, Gen Z’s top searched term globally is simply ... ‘sad.’ As a fellow Zoomer, I’ll admit I’ve listened to ‘Sad Bops’ once or twice, but haven’t we all? I thought that was a circumstantial experience, not a plague affecting my entire generation.”

Is AI taking over the world? Maybe | StackSocial

It's time to befriend our (potential) robot overlords. The rapidly evolving world of AI will seem less scary if you dive deep into the knowledge and skills behind it. Want the lowdown? Discover the ins and outs of ChatGPT to start getting the answers you need quicker. Plus, gear up with Django, Python, and the Bootstrap Framework — the trifecta of tools to help you build your own bot for automating tasks, generating content, writing code, and more. [Ad]

Amazon is turning Alexa into a hands-free ChatGPT | ZDNet

“Alexa is arguably the most popular virtual assistant. Still, like Siri, it uses natural language processing (NLP), a branch of AI that helps systems understand and naturally respond to human speech. However, these assistants are limited and trained to respond to patterns with pre-determined scripts or replies that need to be processed. That is, until now.”

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The correct answer: The first electric car was built in 1832

The correct answer: The first electric car was built in 1832

According to Rusnakonline.com: “Although the first practical electric vehicles would not be built until the 1880s, the first electric carriage was actually built by the Scottish inventor Robert Anderson all the way back in 1832. It didn’t have rechargeable batteries, so owners would have had to discard and replace its power bank with every use.”