Hashtag Trending Jan 24 – NYC mayor paid in crypto; Starlink photobomb; Nueralink human trials soon?

New York City Mayor converts his pay to cryptocurrency, Starlink Satellites are photobombing astrophotographers, and Elon Musk’s brain implants want to move into human trials soon.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams said last week that he will be converting his first paycheque to cryptocurrency. He plans on converting his pay from U.S. dollars to Bitcoin and Ethereum through Coinbase, a crypto exchange in the U.S. Currently, the U.S. Department of Labour does not allow employees paid in crypto. Adam also plans on converting his next two paycheques into cryptocurrency as well. The news comes as Bitcoin dropped price dropped by four per cent on Saturday to its lowest price in six months.

Sometimes, one good thing comes at the cost of another. While many have been enjoying their Starlink satellite internet service, astrophotographers are complaining about the streaks they leave. A new study published in the American Astronomical Society noted their appearance in research photos. So far, they’ve discovered more than 5000 satellite streaks related to Starlink, and the frequency increased as SpaceX launched more satellites. Although masking technologies removes some of these blemishes, they may become unavoidable as more satellites go into space.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a startup that aims to use brain implant chips to treat neurological diseases, appears to be moving closer to human trials. The company recently opened a job listing for a clinical trial director, which is a pretty good indication that it wants to test it in humans. Elon Musk has previously told the Wall Street Journal that the brain implants would be ready in 2022. Given its novelty, however, this prediction sounds a little too optimistic. Musk also said that the implants have already allowed monkeys to play video games with their thoughts alone.

Former Olympic snowboarder Trevor Jacob is sinking in controversy after filming his escape from a supposedly stalled personal propeller plane. The video uploaded onto YouTube showed Jacob, who wore a parachute, leaping from his new propeller plane which had supposedly lost its engine. The video almost immediately drew skepticism from aviation enthusiasts. Some have posted detailed analyses of Jacob’s actions and claims, alleging that he staged the crash for views. The video and concerns from netizens have raised the interests of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which has launched an investigation into the incident.

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Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT Business. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected].

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