On a regular basis, Google compiles a list of which science and technology topics are being queried the most by US users in its dedicated Search engine. Over the past 24 hours, an upcoming lunar eclipse, Apple's rumored LED-backlit iPod and a racist dataset were among the most trending topics.
Over the past 24 hours, this weekend's "Buck Moon" topped Google Search's trending science and technology topics.
Moon • Eclipse Total penumbral lunar eclipse
Over the next few days, North Americans will be able to see the "Buck Moon" -- the full moon that occurs in July -- which will be lightly shrouded in a penumbral eclipse, an event described by NASA as being when "the Moon will be close enough to opposite the Sun that its northern edge will pass through the partial shadow of the Earth - called a partial penumbral eclipse." The full moon will be visible on the night of July 4 and the eclipse will begin on July 5.
Apple • iPad Pro • iPod mini
DigiTimes has reported that PCB makers Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect have joined the supply chain of Apple's rumored mini LED-backlit iPad Pro and MacBook series. This new iPad is expected to hit the market next year, whereas no release timeline has been suggested so far for the upcoming MacBook.
Artificial intelligence • Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Machine learning • Data set • System • Training, validation, and test sets • Computer vision
On Wednesday, The Register published a report stating that MIT pulled one of their training libraries offline; the dataset, called 80 Million Tiny Images, "taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs." The library has been in use since 2008 to help train AI on object detection; unfortunately, the system was known to "label women as whores or bitches, and Black and Asian people with derogatory language."
Polar Electro • Activity tracker • Smartwatch • Exercise
On Tuesday, smartwatch manufacturer Polar announced its latest wearable, the Polar Unite. This fitness watch comes equipped with a highly tailored daily training guide, provides wearers with real-time training stats, and "offers insight into your sleep and recovery."
The Polar Unite is available now for $149.95.