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Apr 13, 2024

Private Quantum Cloud: Oxford University Physicists Make Advance in ‘Blind Quantum Computing’

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, finance, quantum physics, security

PRESS RELEASE — The full power of next-generation quantum computing could soon be harnessed by millions of individuals and companies, thanks to a breakthrough by scientists at Oxford University Physics guaranteeing security and privacy. This advance promises to unlock the transformative potential of cloud-based quantum computing and is detailed in a new study published in the influential U.S. scientific journal Physical Review Letters.

Quantum computing is developing rapidly, paving the way for new applications which could transform services in many areas like healthcare and financial services. It works in a fundamentally different way to conventional computing and is potentially far more powerful. However, it currently requires controlled conditions to remain stable and there are concerns around data authenticity and the effectiveness of current security and encryption systems.

Several leading providers of cloud-based services, like Google, Amazon, and IBM, already separately offer some elements of quantum computing. Safeguarding the privacy and security of customer data is a vital precursor to scaling up and expending its use, and for the development of new applications as the technology advances. The new study by researchers at Oxford University Physics addresses these challenges.

Apr 13, 2024

Fresh Mitochondria as a Parkinson’s Treatment

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

Scientists have tested a novel method of providing cells with healthy mitochondria to fight Parkinson’s disease [1].

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder, and it affects 10 million people worldwide. The disease is age-related, as its prevalence rises rapidly in people older than 65, although some people are diagnosed much earlier. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by both motor and mental problems: tremor, rigidity (stiffness), and slowness of movement along with memory and thinking deficits.

Parkinson’s disease is caused by the loss of dopamine-producing (dopaminergic) neurons in a brain region called the substantia nigra. Therapeutic options are limited, and some of the existing ones cause nasty side effects.

Apr 13, 2024

NASA discovered bacteria that wouldn’t die. Now it’s boosting sunscreen

Posted by in category: space

When a bug in the ointment is a good thing.

Apr 13, 2024

China creates world’s first AI child — shows human emotion

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Chinese scientists have unveiled what they are calling the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) child.

Developed by the Beijing Institute for General Artificial Intelligence (BIGAI), Tong Tong or Little Girl’s virtual AI avatar was recently introduced for the first time in Beijing.

BIGAI sees Tong Tong as a giant step toward achieving a general artificial intelligence (AGI) agent when a machine can think and reason like a human being.

Apr 13, 2024

Tech Exec Predicts Billion-Dollar AI Girlfriend Industry

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

When witnessing the sorry state of men addicted to AI girlfriends, one Miami tech exec saw dollar signs instead of red flags.

In a blog-length post on X-formerly-Twitter, former WeWork exec Greg Isenberg said that after meeting a young guy who claims to spend $10,000 a month on so-called “AI girlfriends,” or relationship-simulating chatbots, he realized that eventually, someone is going to capitalize upon that market the way Match Group has with dating apps.

“I thought he was kidding,” Isenberg wrote. “But, he’s a 24-year-old single guy who loves it.”

Apr 13, 2024

Ray Kurzweil & Geoff Hinton Debate the Future of AI | EP #95

Posted by in categories: health, information science, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity

In this episode, recorded during the 2024 Abundance360 Summit, Ray, Geoffrey, and Peter debate whether AI will become sentient, what consciousness constitutes, and if AI should have rights.

Ray Kurzweil, an American inventor and futurist, is a pioneer in artificial intelligence. He has contributed significantly to OCR, text-to-speech, and speech recognition technologies. He is the author of numerous books on AI and the future of technology and has received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, among other honors. At Google, Kurzweil focuses on machine learning and language processing, driving advancements in technology and human potential.

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Apr 13, 2024

How AI Can Uncover the World’s Oldest Archeological Mysteries

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A Prediction. By about year 2050 AI will have solved the mysteries of Most of the sciences.

A team used the tech to “read” a charred scroll burnt in the Vesuvius eruption. Now they have their sights set on even more artifacts.

Apr 13, 2024

This is our Muon Shot

Posted by in categories: futurism, particle physics

In December, the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel, called P5, released its recommendations for the future of the field, based on the input from the Snowmass process.

The US physics community dreams of building a muon collider.

Apr 13, 2024

Scientists use novel technique to create new energy-efficient microelectronic device

Posted by in categories: chemistry, neuroscience

“The subvolt regime, which is where this material operates, is of enormous interest to researchers looking to make circuits that act similarly to the human brain, which also operates with great energy efficiency.” — Argonne materials scientist Wei Chen “Redox” refers to a chemical reaction that…

As the integrated circuits that power our electronic devices get more powerful, they are also getting smaller. This trend of microelectronics has only accelerated in recent years as scientists try to fit increasingly more semiconducting components on a chip.

Microelectronics face a key challenge because of their small size. To avoid overheating, microelectronics need to consume only a fraction of the electricity of conventional electronics while still operating at peak performance.

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Apr 13, 2024

OpenAI and Microsoft are reportedly planning a $100B supercomputer

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, supercomputing

Microsoft is reportedly planning to build a $100 billion data center and supercomputer, called “Stargate,” for OpenAI.

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