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Jun 9, 2023

Los Angeles Affordable Housing Challenge

Posted by in categories: habitats, sustainability

The Los Angeles Affordable Housing Challenge, the 16th installment of Buildner’s affordable housing competition series, welcomes architects and design enthusiasts from around the globe to submit inventive solutions to tackle Los Angeles’ housing crisis. As the city grapples with skyrocketing rents, gentrification, and expensive starter homes, affordable housing for lower-income households has become increasingly scarce.

This competition seeks to generate imaginative and pragmatic solutions to address the diverse housing needs of Los Angeles residents, including families, single professionals, and couples. Participants are encouraged to think beyond conventional housing models and explore innovative designs that offer flexibility, affordability, sustainability, and a sense of community.

Jun 9, 2023

Lynn Conway and The Chip Design Revolution

Posted by in category: computing

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

Jun 9, 2023

Deadly heart condition reversed in 3 patients for the first time

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers have observed spontaneous reversal of the devastating heart condition transthyretin cardiac amyloidopathy for the first time, edging closer to a cure.

Jun 9, 2023

Scientists propose quantum proof-of-work consensus for blockchain

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

Boson sampling was once considered a problem looking for a solution. Now, it might be the bridge that brings quantum computing to the blockchain.

Jun 9, 2023

Quantum materials: Electron spin measured for the first time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, quantum physics

An international research team has succeeded for the first time in measuring the electron spin in matter—i.e., the curvature of space in which electrons live and move—within “kagome materials,” a new class of quantum materials.

The results obtained—published in Nature Physics —could revolutionize the way quantum materials are studied in the future, opening the door to new developments in quantum technologies, with in a variety of technological fields, from to biomedicine, from electronics to quantum computers.

Success was achieved by an international collaboration of scientists, in which Domenico Di Sante, professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy “Augusto Righi,” participated for the University of Bologna as part of his Marie Curie BITMAP research project. He was joined by colleagues from CNR-IOM Trieste, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, University of Milan, University of Würzburg (Germany), University of St. Andrews (UK), Boston College and University of Santa Barbara (U.S.).

Jun 9, 2023

AirDrop and Bluetooth under fire

Posted by in category: government

The Chinese Communist Party is drafting new rules to force service providers to restrict the kind of information sent via filesharing services like AirDrop and Bluetooth.

In a move that will surprise nobody, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is making moves to restrict the use of wireless file-sharing services like AirDrop and Bluetooth to restrict the spread of “illegal and undesirable” information.

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Jun 9, 2023

Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg thinks about Apple’s Vision Pro

Posted by in categories: computing, innovation

Zuckerberg addressed Apple’s headset unveiling in a meeting with Meta employees, telling them that it ‘could be the vision of the future of computing, but like, it’s not the one that I want.’

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t seem fazed by Apple’s introduction of the Vision Pro.

In a companywide meeting with Meta employees today that The Verge watched, the CEO said Apple’s device didn’t present any major breakthroughs in technology that Meta hadn’t “already explored” and that its vision for how people will use the device is “not the one that I want.” He also pointed to the fact that Meta’s upcoming Quest 3 headset will be much cheaper, at $499 compared to the Vision Pro’s $3,499 price tag, giving Meta… More.

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Jun 9, 2023

Meta previews generative AI tools coming to WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, plus internal AI tools

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Meta this week showcased its work on new generative AI technologies for its consumer products, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, as well as those being used internally at the company. At an all-hands meeting, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced several AI technologies in various stages of development, including AI chatbots for Messenger and WhatsApp, AI stickers, and other tools that would allow photo editing in Instagram Stories, in addition to internal-only products, like an AI productivity assistant and an experimental interface for interacting with AI agents, powered by Meta’s large language model LLaMA.

Axios had first reported the news of the consumer-facing AI agents and photo-editing tools, specifically. But the larger presentation touched on a number of areas where Meta is developing AI technologies and commentary about where it sees this space going.

In addition, the company announced it’s planning to host an internal AI hackathon in July focused on generative AI, which could result in new AI products that eventually make their way to Meta’s users.

Jun 9, 2023

Revolutionizing Business Finance With AI: A New Era Is Coming

Posted by in categories: business, finance, robotics/AI

New technologies will be able to wrap around legacy bank systems and create a new layer of data attribution, ushering in a modern era for accounting and business finance.

AI-enabled accounting takes a proactive approach to processing financial information. This means reducing the likelihood of errors, ensuring greater consistency across the ledger and allowing continuous data monitoring.

Where once bad or missing transaction information led to messy books and uninformed business decisions, advances in AI can now use context clues to categorize transactions accurately from the outset—getting us to a world where transactions can actually be “self-documenting.” This will make accountants’ and business owners’ lives easier while improving overall operating efficiencies.

Jun 9, 2023

What Keeps Gujarat’s Eco-Friendly ‘Cool House’ AC-Free Even During Peak Summer

Posted by in category: habitats

Architect Samira Rathod built a house in Gujarat that stays naturally cool even in peak summer. Here is how:

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