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Oct 21, 2018

Yale Invests in Crypto Fund That Raised $400 Million

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, education

Yale University, the Ivy League school that has invested in everything from Puerto Rican bonds to timber in New Hampshire, is getting into the market for cryptocurrencies.

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Oct 21, 2018

The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, security

By some estimates, only 1,000 or so researchers can claim to understand the technology. Finding more could become a national security issue.

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Oct 21, 2018

Astronomers spot the youngest known pulsar ever, and boy is it pretty

Posted by in category: cosmology

Many of the objects NASA and other scientific bodies choose to study in space are incredibly old, but that’s not the case with Kes 75. Located a mere 19,000 light years from Earth, Kes 75 is a ultra-dense chunk of a star that went supernova, and now scientists are calling it the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy.

In a new post on its website, NASA explains how the pulsar was detected and shows off a pretty stunning image of what it looks like from our vantage point.

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Oct 21, 2018

Are you a Boltzmann Brain? Why nothing in the Universe may be real

Posted by in category: neuroscience

A mind-bending paradox questions the nature of reality.

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Oct 21, 2018

Why are particle physicists so keen to find the Higgs boson?

Posted by in category: particle physics

This elementary particle was confirmed by Large Hadron Collider experiments at CERN in 2012 — but what’s the big deal?

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Oct 21, 2018

Google AI Created It’s Own Child AI, That Is Superior Then Man Made Models

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

The pace of AI change continues to accelerate, so for example, say hello to Google’s children.


Google Brain’s researchers created the AutoML, an AI algorithm capable of generating its own AIs, thereby eliminating the need to hire human experts.

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Oct 21, 2018

We asked psychologists why so many rich people think the apocalypse is coming

Posted by in categories: business, existential risks

Much, much better they say 🤔.


Many of the world’s richest seem to earnestly believe that some kind of apocalyptic “event” is coming, and have prepared accordingly. You might have read about this before — such as in the New Yorker’s deep dive back in January 2017 — but billionaire doomsday preppers are back in the news again thanks to a new viral article penned by professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff. In it, Rushkoff gives some insight on the grave manner in which some of the business elite are going about preparing for a doomsday, which he learned first-hand after receiving an invitation to speak with some one-percenters.

Rushkoff says that what was supposed to be a wholesome discussion about the “future of technology” quickly turned into a consulting session on an impending apocalypse.

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Oct 21, 2018

Freezing And Storing Donated Organs Could Eliminate Some Transplant Waitlists

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Investigating a line of old, abandoned research led to Arigos’ innovation.

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Oct 21, 2018

23 Charts And Maps That Show The World is Getting Much, Much Better

Posted by in category: futurism

These are bleak times — but a lot of things are improving.

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Oct 21, 2018

Decentralized Last Mile Communication Using Mobile Mesh Networks

Posted by in category: bitcoin

Globally decentralized protocols like Bittorrent, Bitcoin and Tor provide users a remarkable level of censorship resistance, privacy and communication freedom. But highly centralized local communication networks can block, throttle and log users of these protocols and work with governments and private firms to surveil and harass users. Centralized communication networks historically tend toward rent-seeking behavior, do a poor job at serving last-mile communities, and are fragile during natural and manmade disasters. This talk will review decentralized alternatives for local communication and demonstrate a new open source solution called TxTenna for sending offline Bitcoin transactions over a mobile mesh network.

Institute of Cryptoanarchy.

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