Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.
So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.
Audi Concept Car Shape Shifts in Autopilot
Audi is showing off a new concept car sure to turn a lot of heads. The car, dubbed the skysphere, can switch to autopilot on the fly and then extend itself by 10-inches in length during the change. The vehicle’s electric motor is located behind the seats, leaving room in the front to easily accommodate changes in length.
Shocking Video as Afghanistan Collapses Live on Social Media
Footage out of Afghanistan on Monday captivated global audiences as Afghanis, desperate to escape Taliban control, clung to planes as they left the country. Individuals grabbed wheels, door handles, and anything else they could grip — prepared to leave the country hanging on for their literal lives. President Joe Biden remains steadfast that it is far past time for the US to exit the 20-year-war.
Bitcoin Fans Are Becoming a Political Force
All things find their way into Beltway politics eventually, and cryptocurrency is beginning to look more and more like the next target. Individuals with political sway including Senators, US Representatives, Actors, and even tech mogul Elon Musk find themselves weighing in often — and people are listening. As the sector inches ever closer to regulation, this is a trend we’ll likely be seeing more of moving forward.
China Reports a Large Spike in Chipmaking This Year
The Chinese government released its manufacturing data yesterday for the current year so far. The report showed a 40+% increase in the chipmaking sector for 2021, a number that could encourage a cautious Wall Street. The ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips continues to affect countless industries globally, with many wondering when a significant turnaround can be expected.