Unbound: No 47 – Random Edition 🎰 

 April 4, 2021

By  Barbara

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An Uber driver says that he lost his job after he got his hair tonsured, and the AI-based facial recognition software of the company failed to recognise him.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a quotidian factor in the lives of millions of people. Unlike the bygone days, artificial intelligence is now pervasive in our day-to-day lives with the technology being used for innumerable applications every single day. Ranging from ecommerce apps on mobile phones to OTT platforms on televisions, companies rely on AI-based software to ensure customer satisfaction. While AI can undoubtedly do a world of good, a recent episode of an Uber driver losing his job has lead to citizens questioning the efficacy of this technology.

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Without a doubt, the mainstream resurgence of cryptos have spurred on new movements within the industry, ranging from decentralized finance (DeFi) to non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

These red-hot sub-industries within the broader crypto scene have resulted in hundreds if not thousands of new startups — and venture capitalists are pouring money into them like never before.

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This is nothing new to millions of electric car owners, but it’s something that should be shared, emphasized, and repeated every day for the many, many, many more people who don’t have an electric car.

It seems that everyone without an electric car wants to know two things (or, at least, these are the two questions that jump into their minds to ask an EV owner when they run across one): 1) how far can it drive? 2) how long does it take to charge?

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⭐️ NASA - Best Photo from Last Week

Hubble Revisits the Veil Nebula
Last Updated: April 2, 2021, Editor:  Lynn Jenner

This image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope revisits the Veil Nebula, which was featured in a previous Hubble image release. In this image, new processing techniques have been applied, bringing out fine details of the nebula’s delicate threads and filaments of ionized gas.

To create this colorful image, observations were taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 instrument using five different filters. The new post-processing methods have further enhanced details of emissions from doubly ionized oxygen (seen here in blues), ionized hydrogen, and ionized nitrogen (seen here in reds).

The Veil Nebula lies around 2,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cygnus (the Swan), making it a relatively close neighbor in astronomical terms. Only a small portion of the nebula was captured in this image.

The Veil Nebula is the visible portion of the nearby Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant formed roughly 10,000 years ago by the death of a massive star. That star – which was 20 times the mass of the Sun – lived fast and died young, ending its life in a cataclysmic release of energy. Despite this stellar violence, the shockwaves and debris from the supernova sculpted the Veil Nebula’s delicate tracery of ionized gas – creating a scene of surprising astronomical beauty.

The Veil Nebula is also featured in Hubble’s Caldwell Catalog, a collection of astronomical objects that have been imaged by Hubble and are visible to amateur astronomers in the night sky.

Text credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Z. Levay

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