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  • Writer's pictureSwathi Young

Blockchain to save the internet, int'l ethical norms for AI and enzyme that eats plastic.

Updated: Jan 2, 2019

I don’t know about you but I am flooded with all things Blockchain and always looking to learn more about it. The creator of JavaScript is developing an interesting application of Blockchain and you might want to check it out if you hate the various ads you see when you browse the net.  Other interesting stories include the emphasis of ethics in AI by the government of UK and how scientists accidentally created a mutant that gobbles up plastic. The creator of Javascript is using blockchain to save the internet from ads Today we are bombarded with all from all directions – banners, videos on news sites, search ads, pop-ups, email ads, games as well as any social media apps we use. Although they are a necessary evil to monetizing the internet ecosystem, we all wish they would go away. That is exactly what Brendan Eich, the founder of Mozilla and creator of JavaScript, is trying to solve. He has created a new browser called Brave with a brand new business model that essentially works on an honor system and pays the content creators and have a consent-based advertising that will pay you for watching them. I look forward to the brand new world of Brave! UK is taking the lead on developing international ethical norms for AI As nations around the world are investing more and more in AI, UK has taken a stance to investing their resources in building an ethical framework for AI. Looks like a smart move since the nations that are investing in AI are trailing ahead in terms of $$ invested – the US leads the pack with over $18.2 Billion, China with $2.6 Billion with France recently announcing an investment of nearly $1.8 Billion. The new framework will bring together universities, authors and prestigious institutions like the BBC. Scientists accidentally created a mutant enzyme that can eat plastic bottles The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug. The environmentalist in me is happy since I know that it is the main cause of pollution in oceans and takes millions of years to break it down. This enzyme will help with the pollution by reducing the time to break plastic down especially when produced at scale. Other interesting stories: How technology can help solve Global healthcare problems Nike hacked a 3D printer to make its new shoe for elite marathon runners Mozilla Announces Firefox Reality, a Dedicated Browser for VR and AR Headsets

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