TLDR Daily Update 2022-10-03

Tesla's robot 🤖, Chrome's anti-ad-blocking 🛡️, tech layoff survivors 👨‍💻

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Big Tech & Startups

Chrome’s new ad-blocker-limiting extension platform will launch in 2023 (3 minute read)

The next version of Chrome's extension platform, Manifest V3, is a controversial update that makes ad blockers less effective. Google will start turning off support for Manifest V2 extensions in 2023 and remove Manifest V2 extensions from the Chrome store entirely in January 2024. Manifest V3 is meant to bring enhancements in security, privacy, and performance. Google's ad division appears to have an increasing influence on the design of Chrome.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils prototype humanoid Optimus robot (4 minute read)

Elon Musk revealed a prototype of a humanoid robot at the start of Tesla's 2022 AI Day presentation. The prototype was developed in just six months. Designers and engineers hope to have a full working design within the next few months or years. The robot is designed to be mass-produced and capable of tasks like cooking and gardening. A video of the robot prototype is available in the article.
Science & Futuristic Technology

UK startup Arrival’s unique ‘microfactory’ produces its first electric van (3 minute read)

Arrival recently produced its first electric van in one of its microfactories. The microfactory concept involves using highly automated small-footprint facilities to produce vehicles using a new method that doesn't involve a traditional assembly line. Arrival is developing electric delivery vans with UPS, ride-hailing cars for Uber, and public buses. The company went public through a SPAC in 2021 and has backing from Hyundai and Kia.

LSD-Like Molecules Counter Depression Without the Trip (4 minute read)

Scientists have developed compounds that hit the same key receptors that LSD activates without causing hallucinations. A single dose produced powerful antidepressant and antianxiety effects in mice that lasted up to two weeks. The compounds are designed to fit into the same receptor that is targeted by psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin. While psychedelics can have significant long-term effects on depression, anxiety, and PTSD, it is not yet known if the trip is essential to the treatment.
Programming, Design & Data Science

The Complete List of OAuth 2.0 Grants, Explained (Sponsor)

Grants are authentication flows for obtaining access tokens from the Authorization Server. This tech paper breaks down 4 grants that developers can use - and which one they should absolutely never use! If you’re struggling with OAuth 2 login processes, get the free guide to figure grants out.

μFuzzy (GitHub Repo)

μFuzzy is a tiny, efficient, fuzzy search library designed to match a short search phrase against a large list of short-to-medium phrases. It can be used for list filtering, auto-complete, or title/name/description/filename/function searches. μFuzzy features straightforward fuzziness control, customized sorting, and a concise set of options.

Software engineering practices (7 minute read)

This article offers recommended software engineering practices for development teams. It covers topics such as documentation, creating test data, templates, development environments, and more. The article started as a reply to a Twitter conversation (linked in article) about software engineering practices.

They watched their friends get laid off, then their workload doubled. Meet Silicon Valley’s rattled layoff ‘survivors’ (5 minute read)

This article takes a look at tech workers who survived layoffs and the impact the layoffs have had on these workers. Tech employees who got to keep their roles throughout the recent job cuts now have to work much harder. They are expected to continue performing with much fewer resources. Many workers are considering quitting.

Stadia died because no one trusts Google (6 minute read)

Google has shown such a poor understanding of what people want that people are wary of investing in its products. While Stadia's technical implementation was good, its business side was troubled. Google just two months ago denied that Stadia was shutting down. The company's legacy of killing its products is making customers lose trust in anything beyond its core services.

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The Next Big Battle Between Google and Apple Is for the Soul of Your Car (14 minute read)

Future car buyers' choice of smartphone ecosystem could determine which make and models of car they buy.

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Facts about State Machines (15 minute read)

This article discusses state machines and presents a list of frequently overlooked facts about them.

MDM: Human Motion Diffusion Model (10 minute read)

Motion Diffusion Model is a generative model that can create realistic human motion.

Magic Leap's smaller, lighter second-gen AR glasses are now available (2 minute read)

The Magic Leap 2 is now available in 19 countries, including the US and UK.

Tim Cook: Not Too Long From Now, You'll Wonder How You Led Your Life Without AR (2 minute read)

Tim Cook believes that augmented reality will have a profound impact on people's lives in the not-so-distant future.

Intel’s self-driving company Mobileye files for an IPO (2 minute read)

Mobileeye, which Intel acquired for $15.3 billion in 2017, specializes in making chips and software for autonomous vehicles.

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