Friday Five@5

"We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task," Vardi said. "I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?" Read this and more in this week's Friday Five@5.

The Friday Five@5 is your weekly dose of the latest in digital news from around the world. 


'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years

The Verge

Scientists from the University of Southampton in the UK have created a new data format that encodes information in tiny nanostructures in glass. Read more >


Google's project loon will be tested by real carriers this year

Gizmodo Australia

Google's Project Loon is an ambitious plan to float internet into the life of anyone who is currently without. But after a series of setbacks, the service is finally going to be tested by carriers this year. Read more >


This led display uses twitter's emotions to create art

The Next Web

Twitter can be a mess of emotions. Now there's an art project inspired and influenced by this range of feelings. Read more >

When machines can do any job, what will humans do?

Science Daily

Computer scientists expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that humans can. In anticipation of this development, he is asking his colleagues, "What will humans do?" 
Read more >


Good news... And bad news for skype-using apple fans and small biz

The Register

Microsoft is pulling Apple-leaning Skype users deeper into its lair. Well, some of them. There's good news for iPhone and iPad owners, and bad news for some Mac users. Read more >


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About the author

Kirk Havelock

Kirk is a keen writer and part of blue-infinity's Marcom team, previously holding diverse roles with leading multinationals, and is originally from New Zealand.