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Feb 24, 2016

Portland firm DARPA research could make disputes like Apple v FBI obsolete

Posted by in categories: computing, privacy

Portland computer science research company Galois snagged a $6.2 million grant from the Department of Defense for a project that, if successful, could make the current battle between the FBI and tech giant Apple obsolete.

The three-year research contract comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and will fund research into quantifying privacy preservation systems.

‘Can you quantify how private a system is or isn’t and can you make a judgment about it,’ said Galois CEO Rob Wiltbank,…

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Feb 24, 2016

Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

Posted by in categories: computing, government, privacy

Personally, I thought they already had one.


The U.S. government eyes cryogenically cooled circuitry for tomorrow’s exascale computers.

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Feb 24, 2016

Smart care: how Google’s DeepMind is working with NHS hospitals

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Google’s Deep Mind at work in hospitals — very nice.


A smartphone app piloted by the NHS could improve communication between hospital staff and help patients get vital care faster.

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Feb 24, 2016

Google robot opens doors, picks itself up after getting knocked over in crazy video

Posted by in categories: energy, robotics/AI

Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that Google bought back in 2013, has routinely wowed the world by releasing videos of robots that are growing ever closer to resembling the humanoid robots we see in science fiction movies. The company this week released what might be its craziest robot video yet that shows its next-generation Atlas robot opening doors on its own, walking through snowy terrains, and picking up 10-pound boxes. This is the move impressive robot design I’ve seen from Boston Dynamics yet, which is really saying something.

FROM EARLIER: Man buys $700 battery, discovers it’s just $30 worth of batteries stuffed in a big case

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Feb 24, 2016

Massive Fireball Meteor Lights up Night Sky Over the Atlantic, but No One Noticed

Posted by in category: space

Considering how many of these things have snuck up on us over the last few years, you’d think we’d be pouring money and resources into NASA’s manned space flight programs. But, no. NASA is still a criminally underfunded agency.

*sigh*


A meteor flew over the Atlantic earlier this month. But no one saw it.

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Feb 24, 2016

The Apple-FBI Fight Isn’t About Privacy vs. Security. Don’t Be Misled — By Brian Barrett | Wired

Posted by in category: policy

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““You hear over and over and over again, from the pro-backdoor camp, that we need to strike a balance, we need to find a compromise,” says Cardozo. “That doesn’t work. Math doesn’t work like that. Computer security doesn’t work like that … It’s kind of like climate change. There are entrenched political interests on one side of a ‘debate,’ and on the other side is the unanimous scientific and technical community.””

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Feb 24, 2016

RAAD Fest

Posted by in category: life extension

The revolution against aging and death starts with you.
August 4–7, 2016 | San Diego, CA

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Feb 24, 2016

Boston Dynamics introduces Atlas, the next generation

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Boston Dynamics returns with a new robot to push and shove around — for science, of course. Luckily, Atlas will not let itself be bullied so easily.

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Feb 24, 2016

Antimatter Space Propulsion Possible Within A Decade, Say Physicists

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

Antimatter propulsion is a lot closer than most aerospace engineers would ever imagine and these guys looking for cash for the next phase of their own research deserve kudos for trying to take this to the next level.


Dreams of antimatter space propulsion are closer to reality than most rocket scientists could ever imagine, says former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson. In fact, if money were no object, he says an antimatter-driven spacecraft prototype could be tested within a decade.

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Feb 23, 2016

You need to watch this video of Google’s latest robot opening doors, getting bullied and being pushed down

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Poor robot.


Boston Dynamics, the robot company owned by Google, just released the latest videos of its humanoid Atlas robot in action and it’s pretty amazing.

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