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Apr 7, 2020

Robots replace Japanese students at graduation amid coronavirus

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, education, robotics/AI

Welcome to the twilight zone.


TOKYO (Reuters) — Spring graduation ceremonies in Japan have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but students at one school were able to attend remotely by controlling avatar robots while logged on at home.

The robots, dubbed “Newme” by developer ANA Holdings, were dressed in graduation caps and gowns for the ceremony at the Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo.

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Apr 6, 2020

Asteroid Mining: How to Become a QUADRILLIONAIRE in Space

Posted by in categories: business, space

Hey all! I have recently made a video on how rich humanity can get from asteroid mining and how humanity can potentially eradicate poverty if it were to begin asteroid mining efforts. I have posted a link to the video here. If you find it worthy, please consider liking and subscribing!


Ever dream of becoming a billionaire? Well, believe it or not, space is the way to get rich. With billions of dollars worth of metals in each asteroid, asteroid mining is one of the most lucrative way for humanity to gather material resources. In this video, I talk about how humanity can potentially use asteroid mining to eradicate poverty and possibly make every single person alive rich.

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Apr 5, 2020

Honeywell plans a quantum computing speed boost of 100,000x by 2025

Posted by in categories: business, computing, quantum physics

It hopes to leapfrog rivals as it reenters the computing business.

Apr 5, 2020

Coronavirus leaves US laptops and home devices exposed to cyberattacks

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, cybercrime/malcode

As the coronaviruspandemic sweeps across the United States, another invisible enemy is threatening America’s data security.

From stealing data to disseminating misinformation, hackers are taking advantage of the US at an especially vulnerable time during the war against the deadly outbreak.


As millions of Americans have been ordered to work from home to contain the spread of the virus, data is now being transmitted outside secure business networks, making it a treasure trove for hackers.

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Apr 4, 2020

FBI warns white supremacists encouraging members to spread coronavirus to law enforcement, Jews: report

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, law enforcement

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office recently sent out an alert to local authorities warning of extremist groups it said are encouraging their members to spread the novel coronavirus to police and Jewish people, ABC News reported.

According to the news agency, the alert, which was reportedly issued on Thursday, said that “members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions.”

The alert reportedly warned that the racist groups were urging their members to go to places where Jewish people “may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship.”

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Apr 3, 2020

How a Digital Music Festival Without Major Headliners Made $100,000

Posted by in categories: business, media & arts

With the live music business sidelined, “virtual” concerts like Live From Out There are growing increasingly popular and successful — even without superstars.

Apr 2, 2020

Real-Life Laser Rifle: Army Goal

Posted by in categories: business, energy, military

The Army is looking at its Plasma Acoustic Shield System as a checkpoint defender, for now. But the original idea – and the long-term goal of the project – is to have it be the first baby step towards a portable, lethal laser weapon.

Pelt2The effort, by the U.S. Army’s Advanced Energy Armaments Systems Division and Stellar Photonics, has a lot in common with another military laser project: the Pulsed Energy Projectile being developed by Mission Systems for the Marines. But there are three key differences. The current PEP is a big (450 lb) chemical laser with a limited number of shots, whereas PASS is a small solid-state laser that just needs electricity. The PEP creates plasma by vaporising the outer layer surface it hits (such as your shirt), whereas PASS can create plasma in mid-air by focusing to a point. And PEP fires a single pulse, whereas PASS uses a double pulse which Stellar claim is far more efficient at creating a shockwave.

You can get some idea from the Small Business Initiative Proposal the company submitted in ‘04 for a “Man-portable Integrated Laser Assault Rifle”:

Apr 1, 2020

D-Wave Opens Quantum-Computing Resources to Coronavirus Research

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, quantum physics, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Quantum-computing vendor D-Wave Systems Inc. said Tuesday it is giving researchers and companies studying the novel coronavirus free access to its early-stage, experimental machines over the cloud.

Canadian firm D-Wave is among several technology companies providing free advanced computing resources to researchers working to combat the global pandemic. International Business Machines Corp., for example, in March started offering free remote access to two of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

D-Wave has assembled a team of experts from about a dozen universities and companies including Volkswagen AG, Denso Corp. and startup Menten AI who are familiar with its quantum-computing services to help interested researchers program the computers.

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Mar 31, 2020

OneWeb goes bankrupt, lays off staff, will sell satellite-broadband business

Posted by in category: business

OneWeb says pandemic ended chance of getting enough funding for full launch.

Mar 31, 2020

Tracking Covid-19 ‘super spreader’: From J&K to Tablighi event in Delhi and back via UP

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business

A Srinagar-based businessman who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin travelled by air, train and road to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and back to Jammu and Kashmir before he died of Covid-19, raising fears he may have infected many others along the way, officials said on Tuesday. Among his possible victims is a doctor battling for life in a Jammu hospital.

The businessman died on March 26 in a Srinagar hospital, 19 days after he set off for the national capital.

He could have infected scores of people during his travels and about 300 people have been put under quarantine because of him, officials said.

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