Best Tech Stories around the web #219

This week: Elon Musk's Neuralink unveils effort to build implant that can read your mind, Air France plans to use facial recognition, the new face of the £50 bill is Alan Turing and coming soon: AR in South Korean and U.K. subways!

INNOVATION

Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads’ and a robot to insert them by the verge.com

Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been developing to the public for the first time. The goal is to eventually begin implanting devices in paralyzed humans, allowing them to control phones or computers. Read more

Air France plans to experiment with using facial recognition in place of boarding passes by techspot.com

Privacy is getting increasingly difficult to preserve nowadays, and not just due to the online data collection efforts that companies like Google and Facebook lead. Even in the real world, surveillance, biometric, and facial recognition tech is advancing quickly. Now, this sort of technology is making its way further into the realm of US airports by way of Air France. According to an Engadget report, the flight company is planning to experiment with using facial recognition in place of traditional boarding passes at the JFK Airport in New York and the George Bush International Airport in Houston. Read more

DESIGN

New face of the Bank of England's £50 note is revealed as Alan Turing by BBC.com

Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £50 note. Read more

INSOLITE

5G RailNext wins grant to bring AR to South Korean and U.K. subways by venturebeat.com

Subways are fertile ground for sci-fi movies, serving as perfect backdrops for the mass adoption of futuristic technologies. Now the United Kingdom and South Korea are preparing to turn subway science fiction into fact, using 5G cellular technology to bring augmented and mixed reality content into their metro systems, with the potential to expand to New York thereafter. Read more