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How trying to stay in touch with the digital world wrecks your nerves on an expedition
Fog is an awful condition. Not only is it slightly depressing and dark and grey - it also is a real issue when you are on a ship, in the middle of nowhere and have a (anyway slow) satellite connection to communicate with the world. In a nutshell: the more fog, the slower the connection.
We started the journey with communications in Whatsapp, but as we were also exchanging video files, we noticed that they compress video quite a lot. We tried things then. An internal box delivered too low upload speeds, email was obviously not an option - so we ended up with Telegram. It delivered us solid speed and good quality. With the caveat that the transfer of files might simply abort after five hours and you would have to start all over again.
"Are you kidding me, that's 7 Megabytes, that will take hours". Most of us have heard that sentence for the last time years ago, but in expedition terms, this is a normal conversation between the boat and those that stayed back. So, today I requested four images in high resolution from the crew - and it needed full commitment from Povel, the expedition leader, to actually get these through.
Check the times in this conversation.
Lives today are linked to the world of Star Wars more than many realize
Today is Star Wars Day! What better way to celebrate the iconic movies than by checking out these 4 documentaries that show how Star Wars technology is becoming a daily reality. These short films explore the amazing possibilities of this moment in robotics, cryonics and human augmentation.
Imagine Beyond - The Body (above)
In the final scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker's hand – cut off by Darth Vader – is replaced in just 24 hours. Scientists across the world are now working on robotic limbs that can integrate with human bodies. Will we soon become superhuman?
Watch these videos to see how technology is making Star Wars-evoking strides into human augmentation, robotics and cryonics.
Unlocked: Is more tech inside making us better?
Should bionic augmentation aim to restore bodies, or add to them? Tilly Lockey, who has highly customized bionic arms, and Wojtek Paprota, with his implanted chip, discuss the possibilities and advantages of cyborgs and robotic upgrades.
Robotic Relationships: How we could fall in love with machines
Robotic relationships may be a turning point in the age of the machine. Can humans and AI connect on a deep emotional level?
Frozen in time: Is this how we will cheat death?
Eternal life might be possible sooner than we think. What will it mean for our bodies and society?
Ultra-fast gaming and the sports of tomorrow, with Break the Record's Fredrik Lidholt
Completing a game more quickly than opponents is the goal of the esport of speedrunning. It could be Super Mario, Doom or any other game. This week we'll see which elite players can break the speed record playing Minecraft.
Speed is the name of the game
The Break the Record Live Series is a live-streamed event where elite gamers compete to be the fastest ever player. Next week, they'll try to break the Minecraft speed-playing record. The brains behind Break the Record, Fredrik Lidholt (aka Edenal) chats about the future of esports with Marco Preuss and Rainer Bock in the latest episode of Unlocked.
Find out more about next week's Minecraft event here!