Landing.Tech #11 — Alphabet Internet Balloons to Boost Antivirus Efforts in Kenya

It’s good to know that the world keeps moving forward anyway, right?

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March 27, 2020

It has been a rough couple of weeks. For me, for you, for everyone, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and that’s where we should keep our eyes at. What first started by being an opportunity to experience what it is to work remotely ended up differently. The government decreed an emergency state in Portugal and we’re working remotely from home, sure, but it seems like a prison because you can’t have a normal life, and enjoy the perks that come with working from home.

Let’s keep that in mind when forming our opinions of “Working from Home” or “Remote Working”.

Besides that, Tech has also been focusing on the outbreak, but nonetheless, we tried to focus the few things happening in the world that are purely tech, even though they may be influenced by COVID-19:

Telkom Kenya and Alphabet saw a project which consists of high-speed Internet being broadcasted by huge balloons on the country’s air space be approved. This is being done to help face the challenge that the COVID-19 outbreak will be for the country. It will help with the surveillance and management of infections. Of course, you can argue that it also brings the downside of controlling and surveilling people, but as we know the health systems in developing countries need all the help they can get. Do you agree?

Here’s your first not COVID-19 related article of the week. We’re joking but it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was true. Back to the topic, a new chip device modified from cameras allows researchers to take movies from neural electrical activities. It was developed at the University of Stanford, and it’s an important advancement in brain research and prosthetics because it can record more data while being less intrusive if compared with other options. It’s good to know that the world keeps moving forward anyway, right?

Aren’t we all? Well, of course that once the way society lives changes, you’ll get specific areas that will automatically get more from a specific change. Providers of mental health apps and chatbots are one of the industries that are seeing their services rise in terms of usage. If you feel like you need one, please go ahead and give it a try. But these services will never replace live counseling with a human, so if you only need someone to hear you, reach out! We’re here for you!

And because we have also seen lots of companies providing free entertainment, you can watch all the episodes of Star Trek: Picard for free. If you are like me and prefer to read random but interesting things, I recommend this one: The Medieval Invention of Toilet Paper. Yes, you’ve heard it right, you can get to know the origin of Toilet Paper!

Same time and place next week?

Be safe,
Pedro Saraiva
Event Producer @ Landing.Jobs

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