Another wild week! Last night, I had heart palpitations thanks to some nonsense. Another busy week this past week. I’m on with Mark Starling, Seth, John, and the First News 570 crew. This week’s top tech stories: Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated by robot, new white paint cools buildings, and Cozomo de’ Medici doxxes himself. You can listen to Mark and I point and laugh while talking about the wild and crazy technology world every Thursday morning, LIVE at 6:43am Eastern.
It seems like more news is imitating movies. In a really wild story, an independent outlet has reported on the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Fakhrizadeh was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and one of the chief scientists of Iran’s nuclear program. Fakhrizadeh proved to be an elusive target for Israeli’s Mossad Special Services branch and ultimately resolved to assassinate the Iranian scientist before Joe Biden took office. From interviews with witnesses and reports from official and unofficial sources, it appears that Fakhizadeh was assassinated by a trained sniper, operating an AI-guided robot that was firing a machine gun from the back of a pickup. The sniper was operating the robot countries away, and the AI compensated for distance wind and more by killing Fakhrizadeh while he was driving with his wife. His wife survived the attack with no injuries although she was sitting inches away from him in the car. Things like this elevate the type of warfare and arms countries can deploy. Multiple outlets are confirming the story. It is worth the read.
When it comes to technology, most of think about 1s and 0s or bowing down to our robot overloads. This week, Purdue University announced a groundbreaking innovation for paint. Purdue scientists have invented the world’s whitest paint. On the ahem, surface, that doesn’t sound important, but most buildings need to be air conditioned because of all of the solar radiation absorbed by the building. This new, super white paint reflects…98.1% of solar radiation. This means…the surface below the paint is cooled below the surrounding temperature WITHOUT consuming power. Covering an area of 1,000 square feet with this paint results in a cooling power of 10 kilowatts! Yes, you read that right and if you’re keeping up, you could paint the building with this stuff and not need to run air conditioning. Go science!
We’re rounding out this week’s stories with one about Snoop Dogg. The rapper, face of 10,000 Crimes Cali Red, friend of Martha Stewart, marketer of INDOGGO, and pourer of gin and juice revealed he’s the NFT kingpin COZOMO de’ Medici. Cozomo arrived on the scene in August and reveled in collecting rare CryptoPunk NFTs and others worth $17 million. Snoop, uh, Cozomo has been dealing in NFTs for a while in Internet time. He released a track called NFT minted as an NFT in the spring, released his own Snoop Dogge coins, and collaborated with the Nyan Cat meme’s artist to create Nyan Dogg. For those in the audience NFTs are non-fungible tokens. A blockchain technology that provides a seal of authenticity for digital products.
Meanwhile, after debuting BitCoin as legal tender, many El Salvadorians are now protesting the crypto currency. Especially since BitCoin has just taken a HUGE hit in the last several days. It doesn’t help when the president is calling himself, dictator. Man, we just reported about this.