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Sep 6, 2017

Australia researchers say find new way to build quantum computers

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Researchers in Australia have found a new way to build quantum computers which they say would make them dramatically easier and cheaper to produce at scale.

Quantum computers promise to harness the strange ability of subatomic particles to exist in more than one state at a time to solve problems that are too complex or time-consuming for existing computers.

Google, IBM and other technology companies are all developing quantum computers, using a range of approaches.

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Sep 5, 2017

Particle physicists on a quest for ‘new physics’

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics

Using scintillating fiber to detect particles

After five years of work, EPFL’s physicists, together with some 800 international researchers involved in the LHCb project, have just taken an important preliminary step towards significantly enhancing their experimental equipment. They have decided to build a new detector — a scintillating fiber tracker dubbed SciFi.

Construction of the tracker, which incorporates 10,000 kilometers of scintillating fibers each with a diameter of 0.25mm, has already begun. When particles travel through them, the fibers will give off light signals that will be picked up by light-amplifying diodes. The scintillating fibers will be arranged in three panels measuring five by six meters, installed behind a magnet, where the particles exit the LHC accelerator collision point. The particles will pass through several of these fiber ‘mats’ and deposit part of their energy along the way, producing some photons of light that will then be turned into an electric signal.

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Sep 2, 2017

Online game challenges players to design on/off switch for CRISPR

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, entertainment, genetics

A Stanford team has launched a new challenge on the Eterna computer game. Players will design a CRISPR-controlling molecule, and with it open the possibility of new research and therapies.

A team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has launched a new challenge for the online computer game Eterna in which players are being asked to design an RNA molecule capable of acting as an on/off switch for the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9.

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Sep 2, 2017

We’re About to Cross The ‘Quantum Supremacy’ Limit in Computing

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

The 4th International Conference on Quantum Technologies held in Moscow last month was supposed to put the spotlight on Google, who were preparing to give a lecture on a 49-qubit quantum computer they have in the works.

A morning talk presented by Harvard University’s Mikhail Lukin, however, upstaged that evening’s event with a small announcement of his own – his team of American and Russian researchers had successfully tested a 51-qubit device, setting a landmark in the race for quantum supremacy.

Quantum computers are considered to be part of the next generation in revolutionary technology; devices that make use of the odd ‘in-between’ states of quantum particles to accelerate the processing power of digital machines.

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Aug 30, 2017

Researchers Develop Microscopic RFID Chip to Embed in Human Cells

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

The smallest chip the team has developed so far measures 22 microns (about a fifth the thickness of a human hair), which they plan to test reading with a specialized RFID interrogator.

By Claire Swedberg

Tags: Health Care, Innovation, Sensors

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Aug 29, 2017

Russians Lead the Quantum Computer Race With 51-Qubit Machine

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Russian scientists collaborating with an international team presented their 51-qubit quantum computer processor to the ICQT 2017 in Moscow.

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Aug 27, 2017

The Coming Singularity: Ray Kurzweil

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, neuroscience, Ray Kurzweil, singularity

By 2045, we’ll have expanded the intelligence of our human machine civilization a billion fold. That will result in a technological singularity, a point beyond which it’s hard to imagine…

“Well, by 2020 we’ll have computers that are powerful enough to simulate the human brain, but we won’t be finished yet with reverse engineering the human brain and understanding its methods.”

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Aug 27, 2017

Chip implants make humans more efficient

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, food, neuroscience, security, transhumanism

My new Op-Ed for The San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Chip-im…003194.php #transhumanism


Wisconsin company Three Square Market recently announced it will become the first U.S. company to offer its employees chip implants that can be scanned at security entrances, carry medical information and even purchase candy in some vending machines. A company in Europe already did this last year.

For many people, it sounds crazy to electively have a piece of technology embedded in their body simply for convenience’s sake. But a growing number of Americans are doing it, including me.

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Aug 25, 2017

Elon Musk’s Neuralink Gets $27 Million to Build Brain Computers

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Neuralink Corp., the startup co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has taken steps to sell as much as $100 million in stock to fund the development of technology that connects human brains with computers.

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Aug 25, 2017

This amazing microchip can heal any part of your body with a single touch

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

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