What search engines can learn from fruit flies’ brains in this week’s staff picks

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Happy Friday! Here are the most interesting tech stories we read this week.

The future of getting dressed: AI, VR and smart fabrics (Read by Alexandria H.)

I find choosing my outfit each morning not only annoying but a waste of valuable time needed to make it to work on time. Fortunately, advancements in machine learning and virtual reality are shaking up the fashion industry and offering to change the way we dress ourselves. With gadgets equipped with AI technology to augmented reality platforms, we now have access to virtual fashion assistants that can tell us what to wear and predict trends based on fashion influencers. In other words, the days of staring indecisively at your clothes are coming to an end. Read on for a deeper look into the future of getting dressed.

The FDA has approved the first digital pill  (Read by Alexandria H.)

Everything is going digital these days, even medicine. This week the FDA approved the first digital pill, called Abilify MyCite, which will be used to treat schizophrenia and other mental disorders. The pill contains a sensor that’s activated when it comes into contact with stomach acid and communicates with a patch worn by the patient. The patch digitally tracks factors like when the pill was taken and the dosage, and transmits the data to an app accessible by the patient’s doctor and up to four other people. Digital pills are a huge advancement in medicine and technology, but as you can imagine, they raise major privacy concerns. I’m not convinced the benefits outweigh the risks.

When dinosaurs roam in Chrome (Read by Camillia S.)

I love when developers add Easter eggs to programs, and Google Chrome’s developers didn’t disappoint. The next time you lose internet connection while using Chrome, don’t get annoyed—hit the space bar instead. The dinosaur on the error page will take off, and you’ll start an endless-runner game that takes you back to your Pac-Man or Sonic Dash days. If you’d rather not wait, the T. rex runner game is available online. Check it out!

Fruit fly brains inform search engines of the future (Read by Heidi B.)

The IT industry has some lessons to learn from fruit flies. Yes, you heard me right. The way fruit flies identify odors could influence how computers categorize and learn from big data. By using the same method as fly brains, data systems could increase search speed and grouping efficiency. Read on to learn more about the specifics, and for once, let’s not say, “Shoo fly, don’t bother me!”

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