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December 10, 2016

The Public Access Weekly: Across the universe

by John_A

Hey all, I’m a bit under the weather today so let’s just jump right in:

  • There are some geek holidays happening this weekend; tomorrow is Ada Lovelace’s birthday and Sunday is International Shareware Day.
  • Starting next year, the Q&A section of Public Access will change. Instead of featuring interviews with notable names from the tech world, we will instead be featuring Q&A interviews with Public Access members! Stay tuned for more details about how you can qualify and get involved.
  • I’m going to keep saying this as many times as it takes: Public Access members, please read and follow the rules that you see on the first landing page. If you have questions about any of them, you can email us, but we do enforce them so learn them, love them, live them.

Stats and numbers from November will go up next week, I promise! Until then, have a good one!

Looking for something to read? Check out:

Daniel Kraft’s first post on Public Access covers the evolution of work in light of current developments in AI, automation and machine learning. Kraft looks towards the future of work — and human involvement in it — predicting the next three trends that we’re likely to see in the progression of human/machine interaction in the workplace and how it could potentially change our relationship to our work.

Meanwhile, M Zahid accepted the topic suggestion “Are you interested in electric vehicles?” and responded by listing eight reasons why anyone should be intrigued by this latest automobile development — but doesn’t neglect to mention a few of the drawbacks that should be considered as well.

Lastly, Widal James gave us a solid overview of the Microsoft Hololens ecosystem complete with details on motion tracking, the CPU powering the technology and the potential for various applications across multiple industries.

Looking for something to write about? Mull over:

This week, Fitbit acquired OG smartwatch company Pebble which resulted in a lot of folks bemoaning the loss of one of their favorite devices in the comments. Engadget’s editors weighed in on their enthusiasm for, experiences with, and objections to the Pebble, and now it’s your turn: How do you feel about the demise of the Pebble?

CSAIL’s latest project is a system that lets you design, build and simulate your own drone with options on propellers, rods, and rotors as well as size, shape and structure. So… What does your dream drone look like? Fly like? What tasks can it perform? Tell us what your dream drone design is.

Super Mario Run is, according to Nathan Ingraham’s demo experience, a genuinely fun mobile game that perfectly ports the Mario experience to a smartphone. It also gets me one step closer to being able to play all my beloved childhood games on my phone (now if I could just get someone working on Tekken….). What classic/console/video game do you want to see moved to a mobile experience?

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