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Sep 21, 2023

X-ray laser could transform atomic-scale research

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A major upgrade of the Linac Coherent Light Source has been completed at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, California. This latest version is 8,000 times faster and 10,000 times brighter, enabling scientists to observe molecular events in unprecedented detail.

Credit: Greg Stewart.

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Sep 21, 2023

Cathie Wood says Tesla is the ‘biggest AI opportunity in the world’ today

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

She explains why, and gives the stock a 2027 price target representing massive upside.

Sep 21, 2023

Exploring the mind-mitochondria connection

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, neuroscience

As befits the child of a scientist, Martin Picard’s young son, 3, is already learning about biology with an age-appropriate textbook, “Cell Biology for Babies.” Picard winces a little whenever the book calls mitochondria the “powerhouses of the cell” but figures he has plenty of time as his son grows older to explain why the tiny organelles are much more than simple energy sources.

Picard is a leading proponent of mitochondrial psychobiology (a phrase he coined), an emerging field that examines how psychological states like stress influence mitochondrial functions, which in turn influence mental and physical health.

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Sep 21, 2023

Intel Plans a Quantum Computing Approach to Leapfrog Rivals

Posted by in categories: finance, quantum physics, robotics/AI

The chipmaker is developing a sequel to its Tunnel Falls quantum processor. Quantum computing in coming years could improve batteries, finance and AI.

Sep 21, 2023

Google DeepMind AI speeds up search for disease genes

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Google DeepMind has used its technology to identify parts of human DNA that might cause diseases.

Sep 21, 2023

What’s next for the world’s fastest supercomputers

Posted by in category: supercomputing

Here are some more specs: Frontier uses approximately 50,000 processors, compared with the most powerful laptop’s 16 or 24. It consumes 20 million watts, compared with a laptop’s 65 or so. It cost $600 million to build.

When Frontier came online, it marked the dawn of so-called exascale computing, with machines that can execute an exaflop—or a quintillion (1018) floating point operations a second. Since then, scientists have geared up to make more of these blazingly fast computers: several exascale machines are due to come online in the US and Europe in 2024.

Sep 21, 2023

How new tech is helping people circumvent digital authoritarianism

Posted by in category: internet

From Iran to China to Russia, there’s an escalating ‘cat-and-mouse’ game between the censors and those trying to evade them.

I want to talk about the battle that’s raging every day between people who want to censor online content and those who want to protect access to a free and open internet.

It also relates to a recent scoop about a new Google product that’s designed to make it easier for developers to build censorship-resistant apps. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is a space worth paying attention to.

Sep 21, 2023

How AI can help us understand how cells work—and help cure diseases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, robotics/AI

A virtual cell modeling system, powered by AI, will lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of diseases, argue the cofounders of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

As the smallest living units, cells are key to understanding disease—and yet so much about them remains unknown. We do not know, for example, how billions of biomolecules—like DNA, proteins, and lipids—come together to act as one cell. Nor do we know how our many types of cells interact within our bodies. We have limited understanding of how cells, tissues, and organs become diseased and what it takes for them to be healthy.

AI can help us answer these questions and apply that knowledge to improve health and well-being worldwide—if… More.

Sep 21, 2023

Artificial womb human trials may soon inch closer to reality

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CHOP researchers established the feasibility of an artificial womb called the “Biobag” to nurture a premature lamb in 2017.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a meeting of independent advisors on September 19–20. The meeting’s agenda is to discuss the viability of clinical trials using artificial womb technology to improve the survival and health of extremely preterm newborns.

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Sep 21, 2023

AI Startup Writer Raises $100 Million To Take On ChatGPT Enterprise

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Generative AI startup Writer has raised $100 million in a series B funding round, valuing it between $500 million and $750 million, the company announced Monday. Writer’s large language models produce content ranging from incident reports and emails to product descriptions and executive summaries, placing it squarely in competition with OpenAI’s ChatGPT Enterprise, which was launched last month, and other fast-growing unicorns like Typeface.

But despite the crowded generative AI space, Writer CEO and cofounder May Habib told Forbes that some enterprise customers are switching from Azure OpenAI over to Writer because the quality of outputs generated by ChatGPT wasn’t high enough. Her startup’s… More.

Firms like Spotify, Uber and Accenture use Writer’s generative AI tools to research, create and analyze content.

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