Weekly Wins November 9, 2018

The dark side of drones

The top 5 digital news stories of the week have been curated for you, with love. Be prepared for the good, the bad, and the sci-fi in this week’s edition of the Weekly Wins.

Drones show their dark side, we apologise too much, swipe and pay, and tiny robots might save lives.  

1. The dark side of drones

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and this week’s trending video proved just that. The video shows a mother bear and her cub struggling to get up a snowy cliff, the cub falls a number of times but eventually reaches its mother. But that isn’t the full story. Where people were triumphing the little cub’s success, scientists were blaming the drone for the threat in the first place. This shift in perspective turned the sympathetic viewer into the aggressor. The video has started a healthy dialogue about the responsibility and accountability associated with drones. Check out the full story on The Verge.

2. Soz, not soz.

This week TNW, published an interesting article about how much we apologise for doing what’s expected of us. But why is it that we apologise so much, especially when we’re actually not one bit sorry? According to the article, the word ‘just’ and ‘sorry’ are totally overused. It’s as if we’re planting a white flag in the copy of every email, and it’s become a habit. But not to worry there’s a plug-in for this, it’s called ‘Just Not Sorry’ and it warns you when you use words such as “just,” “I think,” “I’m sorry,” “I’m not expert,” and “actually” – basically, words that serve no purpose. Try it out and let us know what you think.

Sorry!

3. 10 minutes to delete

Do you have trigger-happy texting fingers? Have you sent a message only to be instantly paralyzed with regret? We’ve all been there and Facebook gets it, that’s why they’re adding the ‘unsend’ feature to the Messenger app. According to The Verge, you will only be given 10 minutes grace to cancel the message. These precious 10 minutes will allow you to keep unwanted statements from being permanently out there haunting you.

4. 7-Eleven swipe and pay

Being convenient is the at the soul of the 7-eleven brand, and they’re using a scan-and-go to deliver. According to Digiday, it starts on Monday in Dallas with scan-and-go technology built in the company’s mobile app, so customers can scan and pay for items on their phones. On the way out customers will use a QR code in the store to confirm they paid. This isn’t just a move away from cashiers, but away from using cash itself. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

In & out.

5. Tiny robots save the day

While technology requires an ethical hand, it’s also pretty rad. This week Science Magazine released an article and video about tiny robots that will be able to swim through the eyeball to deliver medicine. Although the mere thought of a swarm of microbots burrowing into an eyeball sounds insane, scientists believe in these tiny, delivery vehicles will be part of our future.

These words are by Michelle Knight

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