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Aug 16, 2022

The Future of AI-Generated Art Is Here: An Interview With Jordan Tanner

Posted by in categories: blockchains, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Unlike many of the so-called “artists” strewing junk around the halls of modern art museums, Jordan Tanner is actually pushing the frontiers of his craft. His eclectic portfolio includes vaporwave-inspired VR experiences, NFTs & 3D-printed figurines for Popular Front, and animated art for this very magazine. His recent AI-generated art made using OpenAI’s DALL-E software was called “STUNNING” by Lee Unkrich, the director of Coco and Toy Story 3.

We interviewed the UK-born, Israel-based artist about the imminent AI-generated art revolution and why all is not lost when it comes to the future of art. In Tanner’s eyes, AI-generated art is similar to having the latest, flashiest Nikon camera—it doesn’t automatically make you a professional photographer. Tanner also created a series of unique, AI-generated pieces for this interview which can be enjoyed below.

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Aug 3, 2022

Hackers Loot Blockchain Bridge for Millions In “Frenzied Free For All”

Posted by in categories: blockchains, cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode

On Monday, hackers exploited a basic vulnerability in the code of Nomad — a crypto “bridge” that allows customers to transfer cryptocurrencies between different blockchains — getting away with roughly $190 million in user investments, CNBC reports.

This hack is just the latest in a string of attacks on crypto bridges, platforms that, according to CNBC, have collectively lost more than $1 billion to hackers in 2022 alone.

Given that Nomad markets itself as a “secure” platform, the company definitely has a lot of explaining to do.

Aug 3, 2022

Why Quantum Money Could Replace Blockchain-Based Cryptocurrencies

Posted by in categories: blockchains, cryptocurrencies, economics, energy, quantum physics

A new type of quantum money could make energy-sapping blockchains obsolete, say researchers.

Aug 1, 2022

Colombia Enlists Ripple Labs to Put Land Deeds on Blockchain

Posted by in categories: blockchains, cryptocurrencies, government

Colombia’s government has launched a partnership with Ripple Labs, the company behind the cryptocurrency XRP, to put land titles on the blockchain, part of a plan to rectify land distribution efforts so unfair they’ve led to decades of armed conflict.

The project, built by blockchain development company Peersyst Technology and Ripple, will permanently store and authenticate property titles on Ripple’s Ledger—its public blockchain.

This will help eliminate bureaucracy and hopefully make land distribution more equal, Ripple Labs and Peersyst Technology told Decrypt.

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Jul 28, 2022

#58 Dr. Ben Goertzel — Artificial General Intelligence

Posted by in categories: biological, blockchains, information science, neuroscience, physics, robotics/AI, singularity

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The field of Artificial Intelligence was founded in the mid 1950s with the aim of constructing “thinking machines” — that is to say, computer systems with human-like general intelligence. Think of humanoid robots that not only look but act and think with intelligence equal to and ultimately greater than that of human beings. But in the intervening years, the field has drifted far from its ambitious old-fashioned roots.

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Jul 21, 2022

U.S. government recovers nearly $500,000 from North Korean hack on Kansas medical facility

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, blockchains, cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode, government

The U.S. Department of Justice seized roughly $500,000 in ransom payments that a medical center in Kansas paid to North Korean hackers last year, along with cryptocurrency used to launder the payments, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Tuesday.

The hospital quickly paid the attackers, but also notified the FBI, “which was the right thing to do for both themselves and for future victims,” Monaco said in a speech at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University in New York City.

The notification enabled the FBI to trace the payment through the blockchain, an immutable public record of cryptocurrency transactions.

Jul 12, 2022

DARPA-Funded Study Provides Insights into Blockchain Vulnerabilities

Posted by in categories: blockchains, evolution, space

The architecture and evolution of planetary systems are shaped in part by stellar flybys. Within this context, we look at stellar encounters which are too weak to immediately destabilize a planetary system but are nevertheless strong enough to measurably perturb the system’s dynamical state. We estimate the strength of such perturbations on secularly evolving systems using a simple analytic model and confirm those estimates with direct N-body simulations. We then run long-term integrations and show that even small perturbations from stellar flybys can influence the stability of planetary systems over their lifetime. We find that small perturbations to the outer planets’ orbits are transferred between planets, increasing the likelihood that the inner planetary system will destabilize.

Jul 10, 2022

Metaverse: The Newly Advanced Digital Platform with NFT and VR Transforming Industries

Posted by in categories: blockchains, virtual reality

Metaverse is embracing the digital assets like NFT with the integration of VR into its digital platform to provide an immersive experience. Metaverse is set to transform the industries in the global tech market.

Jul 2, 2022

As Silicon Valley dreams about Web3, India’s UPI leaps ahead

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, blockchains, finance

UPI, an cheap(currently free), proven, alternative payments system designed to be secure, reliable, and interoperable among different payment companies, encouraging a innovative ecosystem.


India’s UPI payment platform is delivering on financial inclusion in ways that Bitcoin and blockchain have yet to do.

Jun 30, 2022

Blockchain not just for bitcoin. It can secure and store genomes too

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, bitcoin, blockchains, chemistry, computing, cryptocurrencies

Blockchain is a digital technology that allows a secure and decentralized record of transactions that is increasingly used for everything from cryptocurrencies to artwork. But Yale researchers have found a new use for blockchain: they’ve leveraged the technology to give individuals control of their own genomes.

Their findings are published June 29 in the journal Genome Biology.

“Our primary goal is to give ownership of genomic data back to the individual,” said senior author Mark Gerstein, the Albert L. Williams Professor of Biomedical Informatics and professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, of computer science, and of statistics and .

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