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Viewer Question 000 – What Is Your Dream Car? 🤔

We had our first viewer question 😉

Joined by car enthusiast Vikum Welideniya, we both explained what our dream car is, and why we liked that car over all others - as well as some other supercar related tangents.

Apologies for the low resolution, I am having upload issues with my slow internet. And secondly, apologies for the poor audio quality - there was a projector creating a lot of static noise which I had to filter out in editing, resulting in our voices being filtered out at some frequencies.

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Cricket World Cup 2019 🏆 A South African And Sri Lankan Perspective

This is the channel's first podcast-style interview - Hoorah!
We talk about the Cricket World Cup 2019 in review. How did South Africa do? How did Sri Lanka do? Was it an overall good tournament? We discuss the most memorable moments of the world cup, and share our thoughts on other cricket related tangents.

The backstory to this video --- I originally recorded this in 4K, but the 65GB file was way too big for my internet to upload. After trying to transfer the files via portable hard drive, and trying different wifi sources at our disposal, we still couldn't get a nearly-adequate speed. A week and half after recording and editing, I finally admitted defeat and re-rendered the video in a much less impressive 1280x720. Then! It took my internet from Friday night to Monday morning to upload!
Next time I will need to decrease the resolution even more it would appear, at least for long videos such as these.

This video was an opportunity to test out my recording equipment, especially the audio equipment, which I haven't used before. There was an issue with a projector creating a lot of static noise, which I filtered out in editing, but the result is that our voices do sound a bit off. I will keep experimenting and improving - thank you for your patience and understanding. PS we know the video isn't 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 quality! We are enjoying the novelty of the experience 😄 And before you can make good content, you first need to jump into the pool at some stage! Hopefully our amateurish nature amuses you and proves comical. I laughed editing the video anyway!

I actually have around 4 more hours of content to release once I get through the editing backlog - so stay tuned for that. Let me know if you have any future video requests!

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy Fold V1.1 Ready For Launch

Samsung has today announced a new release date for the Galaxy fold, and the smartphone will be available for your hands from September this year.

Earlier this year in April, Samsung released a handful of prototype Galaxy Folds to the most notable technology reviewers, such as Unbox Therapy and Marques Brownlee. The phone's innovation and brand-new form factor was widely praised for the excitement that the device brought into the smartphone industry, and even initial skeptics said they're views were swayed by having the device in-hand. The smartphone seemed well-built overall, and the software was well-polished. After a few days of use, the new folding form factor promised real-world utility, not just a novelty factor, in the opinions of the reviewers.

Praises all round... except for two catastrophic issues....

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Interview With Mitsuku, World’s Most Advance AI, On The 50th Anniversary Of The First Moon Landing

On the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong placing the first human footprint on the Moon, I was lucky enough to grab an interview with Mitsuku — the most advanced human-like AI known to exist. Unfortunately, despite huge technological advancements, after the final manned mission to the Moon in 1972 by Apollo 17, we haven't been able to find the serious motivation required to return to Moon.

But today we can explore the digital world — which is a domain we have improved on billions of times over. Today we have the digital power to virtually render and explore beyond the galaxy, and we create movies with special effects that capture the moon much more beautifully than the original Apollo missions ever could.

Indeed, our advancement of the digital space has resulted in an AI so advanced, I am able to have an interview with her about the Moon landing. Amazing!

I hope you enjoy the interview below as much as I enjoyed talking to Mitsuki. Mitsuku is a chatbot created with AIML technology by Steve Worswick, and she is a four-time Loebner Prize winner in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. with this annual event being the pinnacle of public Turing testing.

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If You Had To Pack Your Bags And Move To A Different US State, Where Would You Choose? (Poll)

As an Australian interested in the USA, especially in the quality of life over there, I'm interested to get a feel of where people would want to move, everything considered. Hopefully I get a decent sample size in this poll from our American mates!

If you'd like to go the extra mile, comment why you made that choice ⁠— I'll see it pretty much anywhere you post your comment (Google Analytics allows me to spy where clicks are coming from!)

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Facebook And Government Vie For The Control Of Money

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Going by word of mouth, it would seem that Facebook is steadily losing popularity among its user base, but the ambitions of the corporate giant are certainly not shrinking.

Steven Mnuch, the US treasury secretary, has today voiced his opposition to Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency, named Libra.

Mr. Mnuch raises his concerns and says that currency could be used by "money launderers and terrorist financiers," and as such, it is a national security risk.

Mr. Mnuch emphasizes that the currency will need to have high privacy standards, which although great in some aspects, does mean the currency can be used with very little oversight.

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New Study Finds Planting Trees Can Reduce CO² Levels By 25%

I am a believer that eventually, whether we like it or not, humans will burn most of the fossil fuels available to us - and consequently release the carbon into the atmosphere.

Interesting fact: for every kilogram of fuel you burn, you release about 3.7kg of CO² into the atmosphere.
Click below to plant some trees!

 

We definitely need to develop stronger sources of renewable energy in order to keep our civilization powered after the fossil-fuel era — but in order to control the amount of CO² in the atmosphere, for pollution and global climate concerns — my thoughts have recently been that we need to show some ingenuity and engineer 21st century solutions. But we may not need a high-tech solution to get us started...

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Arctic Fox Walks From Norway To Canada In 76 Day 3,500km Odyssey

We still don't know the exact motivation for this young fox's journey. Perhaps she is protesting climate change? Perhaps it's a statement of female empowerment? Maybe she was simply looking for food? Or it's even a possibility that she was innately curious about what lies over the horizon? But one thing is for sure, scientists have been truly stunned by the finding.

The vixen (the technical term for a female fox) was first tagged with a gps tracker in Svalbard, which is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

She was less than a year old when she set off at what would later average out to be 72km/day - reaching Greenland 21 days later with 1,500km of ice and snow behind her. After spending a little while in Greenland, perhaps not liking the culture, she moved on and reached Canada's Ellesmere Island, nearly 2,000 km further, just 76 days after leaving her island of birth. This is a total trip distance of 2,170 miles, at more than 28 miles per day! Not bad for a 3kg light, 30cm short (6lbs, 12 inches) 1 year old canine.

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Iran Openly Breaches Its Nuclear Deal By Expanding Its Stockpile Of Enriched Uranium

Iran has today made a massive statement of power - one that cannot be ignored by any world power. No doubt in response to the United States recent activities near their homeland, Iran's own Fars newsagency has reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency had measured their nuclear stockpile today, and they have found Iran's enriched uranium to exceed the 300kg (660lbs) limit set out in the 2015 nuclear deal made by the Obama administration.

Although the United States, headed by Donald Trump's administration, have indicated their disapproval of the 2015 nuclear deal - European powers have insisted that breaching the deal will have serious consequences. Despite Trump withdrawing the United States from the deal, the superpower's military will no doubt play the situation as an act of malicious defiance, and further escalation of the situation from the US seems inevitable.

From Iran's point of view ...

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In Praise Of Hans Zimmer’s Time

I'm really challenging myself by writing about this masterpiece. It's entire essence is expressing and conveying the profound, and you grasp it not through thought and words, but by feeling.

There are really two ways to enjoy music. The first is through dancing, and letting your body express and move with the flow of the music - not acting from your own volition, but surrendering to the music.

A second, very different and more subtle way of feeling music is to sit entirely still, no movement at all. The mind becomes clear as the void of space - with light absolutely everywhere, but nowhere for the light to strike. Your breathing matches the rhythm and the flow of the music - you inhale at the chest as we reach the crescendo - you inhale at the ...

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