The latest rumors suggest that the Apple Vision Pro is launching by the end of February. Recently leaked videos show how much multitasking users can expect to accomplish with Apple's Safari web browser inside of visionOS. Safari on the Apple Vision Pro lets users place multiple windows and tabs in 3D space inside of the headset, creating a fully customizable work experience. The leaked videos are available in the article.
Meta plans to possibly unveil an AR glasses prototype in 2024 that it claims is the most advanced piece of technology on the planet in its domain. The device is still prohibitively expensive to manufacture and there is still a lot of work to be done to reduce the price and form factor. Meta may be working on a version of the Ray-Ban Meta smartglasses with a small viewfinder display. AI breakthroughs and the integration of AI into the current Ray-Ban Meta smartglasses have significantly affected Meta's product roadmap.
Chinese labs working on replicating LK-99 findings have discovered a superconductor that works at -23 C. While it is not exactly a room-temperature conductor, it is still a significant discovery. Similar materials have been discovered previously, but they require high pressure to exhibit their superconducting properties. The labs' results have already been replicated.
Mobile ALOHA is a system for imitating mobile manipulation tasks that are bimanual and require whole-body control. It is able to autonomously complete complex mobile manipulation tasks such as cooking, opening doors, and much more. This thread contains a video showing a robot with Mobile ALOHA cooking a Cantonese recipe. Mobile ALOHA is low-cost and open-source.
Caching involves storing temporary data for quick access. Eviction algorithms determine what data to keep and what to discard. SIEVE is a simple and effective cache eviction algorithm with just one queue. It can also serve as a cache primitive for designing more advanced eviction policies. SIEVE is not scan-resistant, so it can sometimes show a higher miss ratio than other tools.
A lot of innovation will be happening in 2024. AI and web3 are creating a more intelligent, resilient, and decentralized internet and new energy technologies will power our lives in new and sustainable ways. This article looks at the technologies that will be developed this year and opportunities for the teams building these new technologies. 2024 will be a terrific year for tech.
The protocol force encourages the layer between consumers of value and producers of value to be as thin as possible. IP, HTTP, and HTML are great examples of this effect. The protocol force minimizes the cost of reaching as many consumers or producers as possible. This force is present in any layered stack that has producers and consumers as outer layers. One of the key challenges of designing versatile tools is that this middle layer is constantly tested and often broken.