Written By: Rachel Antony
From Marijuana legalization to the new iOS Update, here's what everyone's talking about this week.
1. Marijuana Legalization
The Liberal government will be passing legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada on July 1, 2018. The rollout plan has the federal government overseeing the quality of marijuana being sold, making sure it's safe; and Ottawa will be distributing the licenses. The provinces will be allowed to make their own rules regarding price, how it's sold and what the age limit is. If you're looking to grow your own marijuana in your basement, the limit will be set at four plants per household. Unsurprisingly, stocks rose for all Canadian publically traded marijuana companies, including Aurora Cannabis in Alberta who is currently building an 800,000 sq. ft. farm near the Edmonton airport.
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink. The goal of the company is to create devices that can be implemented into the human brain to help merge our brains with advancing technology. Uh, sounds freaky. We don't have to worry about digital intelligence just yet as there are mountains of research that need to be done to better understand how the neurons in our brain work, as well as improving surgical methods and the technology to create these chips. Currently, the only patients with this type of chip in their brain are people suffering from Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative diseases. But the futurists over in Silicon Valley, including Elon Musk are doing their best to find the right technology to merge the human brain with AI.
3. iOS Update
The next Apple update, iOS 10.3 is apparently supposed to give us all some more storage. Fingers crossed we won't have to delete six apps to take one photo anymore. For you nerds out there, the new Apple File System, or APFS, stores information differently from Apple's old Hierarchical File System - which Apple has been using in their products since 1980; it's about time for a real upgrade. Along with the storage improvements, security will be improved and new functionalities for Siri.
4. Oakland Raiders
The Raiders are headed to Vegas. The 31-1 vote by the NFL owners approved the relocation of the NFL team and fans can already put down a deposit on seasons tickets for the to-be-constructed $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat dome stadium in Southern Nevada. The angry Raiders Nation will have time to cool their jets because the new stadium won't be opening until 2020. The city of Oakland put up a good fight to keep the team, but with the lack of funds to build a new stadium, owner Mark Davis will be taking the Raiders out to the desert, to the entertainment capital of the world.
Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at tackling global warming. Trump will be reviewing the Clean Power Plan which was Obama's efforts to curb carbon emissions. According to Trump, this is the "start of a new era” in energy production. Signing the order isn't a surprise since Trump has said he thinks global warming is a hoax. In other news, Trump's approval rating is down to 36% the lowest it's been since his inauguration.