Five tech-y, future-y things I read this morning with interest.
1. The great writer Terry Pratchett, recently deceased, wanted his unpublished work crushed by a steam roller. Wish granted:
2. The future of public transportation in dense cities is gyroscopic.
3. All your nigiri will soon be fashioned by tiny robot hands. From the precisely titled, "How an Angry Candy Man Revolutionized the Modern Sushi Industry."
“The era where it’s OK to make sushi with your bare hands is over,” Tanaka says, referring to artisan sushi chefs in general. “They still do that, and say that is the real sushi. Things that should be changed should be changed.”
Already, about three-quarters of Japanese people say that when they eat sushi, it’s from a conveyor belt, according to a survey published by fishery company Maruha Nichiro Corp. in March. Almost half of them choose which restaurant based on price.
4. Amazon and Microsoft are working together so that their AIs can work together.
Eventually, Mr. Bezos predicted, the primary assistant on a device will be smart enough to automatically route a person’s request to whichever assistant is best equipped to answer, without needing a verbal introduction between the two.
“In my view of the world, because that would be best for the customer, that’s probably what eventually happens,” he said.