Link Tank: How Steve Harrington Became a Fan Favorite Character

Hilarious TikToks, Stranger Things 3, Elon Musk's Neuralink, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here’s how brain implants like Elon Musk’s Neuralink can change humanity forever.

“Sooner than you might think, we might be able to put electronic mesh implants inside the brain that could treat neurological problems and possibly prevent certain neurological issues from occurring. In a new perspective for the journal Nature Biotechnology, Harvard Medical School faculty member Shaun Patel, and Joshua and Beth Friedman University Professor Charles M. Lieber, outline how mesh implants could help treat Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, addiction, and could even help prevent the brain from degrading with age.”

Read more at Inverse.

Here’s how Steve Harrington from Stranger Things evolved from a bully to a fan favorite character.

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“Steve Harrington has been a fan favorite on Netflix’s Stranger Things for a good long time now and only gained more love after season 3 dropped in July. At the very beginning of the show, Steve fit right into the ’80s stereotype of the popular jock kid who rules the school, and for a good portion of season 1, he went back and forth between really fitting into the role of being “King Steve,” as he was called, and showing his more real side.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

A U.S digital rights organization is calling for a nationwide ban on facial recognition technology.

“More than thirty organizations on Thursday called for a nationwide ban against government use of face recognition calling the technology “unreliable, biased, and a threat to basic rights and safety.” Led by Fight for the Future, a U.S. digital rights organization, the coalition intends to muster its 15 million combined members to flood the inboxes and phone lines of congressional lawmakers to press for a federal ban on the controversial technology.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Here are fourteen hilarious TikToks that you help you understand the video app.

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“TikTok, the short-form video app your local teens are obsessed with, can feel like an enigma to outsiders and/or people over age 24. With a somewhat insular culture that continuously recombines popular sounds and visual gags into new monstrosities, there’s a lot to keep up with just to feel like you’re truly “in” on the joke.”

Read more at Thrillist.

A traveling Harry Potter-inspired beer festival is coming to multiple U.S. cities.

“If you’ve ever wondered what the alcoholic version of a butterbeer would taste like, you’ll soon have the chance to find out. A series of ongoing Harry Potter-inspired beer festivals has been traveling to cities across the U.S. over the past several months.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Facebook and Microsoft are co-sponsoring a contest focused on detecting “deepfake” videos.

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“Facebook and Microsoft are co-sponsoring a contest focused on detecting AI-generated “deepfake” videos. The Deepfake Detection Challenge will run from Oct. to next March with the goal of developing new systems that can identify when a video clip is actually the product of AI algorithms.”

Read more at PCMag.