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Oct 10, 2020

New quantum computing algorithm skips past time limits imposed by decoherence

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics, supercomputing

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A new algorithm that fast forwards simulations could bring greater use ability to current and near-term quantum computers, opening the way for applications to run past strict time limits that hamper many quantum calculations.

“Quantum computers have a limited time to perform calculations before their useful quantum nature, which we call coherence, breaks down,” said Andrew Sornborger of the Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and senior author on a paper announcing the research. “With a we have developed and tested, we will be able to fast forward quantum simulations to solve problems that were previously out of reach.”

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Oct 10, 2020

Air pollution particles in young brains linked to Alzheimer’s damage

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Exclusive: if discovery is confirmed it will have global implications as 90% of people breathe dirty air.

Oct 10, 2020

Kubota taps Nvidia tech for smart-farming autonomous tractors

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Autonomous tractors for farming.


OSAKA — Kubota has partnered with U.S. chipmaker Nvidia to develop highly sophisticated self-driving farm tractors, the Japanese machinery maker said Tuesday.

The tractors will be equipped with Nvidia graphics processing units and artificial intelligence, coupled with cameras to instantly process collected data.

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Oct 10, 2020

Ants Hold Secrets for Preventing Epidemics

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Ants change who they hang out with to prevent the spread of disease 🐜.

Oct 10, 2020

‘I have no desire to wipe out humans,’ robot writes in ominous op-ed

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

An AI used to write articles was tasked to write an article convincing people that AI was not dangerous to humans. Re-sharing article by Market Watch.

Oct 9, 2020

Japan’s Cute Army

Posted by in categories: military, solar power, sustainability

The unlikely association of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces with adorable anime characters could reflect a deep-seated discomfort with the nation’s military history.

Oct 9, 2020

CLEANN: A framework to shield embedded neural networks from online Trojan attacks

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, information science, robotics/AI

With artificial intelligence (AI) tools and machine learning algorithms now making their way into a wide variety of settings, assessing their security and ensuring that they are protected against cyberattacks is of utmost importance. As most AI algorithms and models are trained on large online datasets and third-party databases, they are vulnerable to a variety of attacks, including neural Trojan attacks.

A neural Trojan attack occurs when an attacker inserts what is known as a hidden Trojan trigger or backdoor inside an AI model during its training. This trigger allows the attacker to hijack the model’s prediction at a later stage, causing it to classify data incorrectly. Detecting these attacks and mitigating their impact can be very challenging, as a targeted model typically performs well and in alignment with a developer’s expectations until the Trojan backdoor is activated.

Researchers at University of California, San Diego have recently created CLEANN, an end-to-end framework designed to protect embedded from Trojan attacks. This framework, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv and set to be presented at the 2020 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, was found to perform better than previously developed Trojan shields and detection methods.

Oct 9, 2020

Can we resurrect the dead? Researchers catalogue potential future methods

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension, time travel, transhumanism

Alexey Turchin and Maxim Chernyakov, researchers belonging to the transhumanism movement, wrote a paper outlining the main ways technology might someday make resurrection possible.


From cryonics to time travel, here are some of the (highly speculative) methods that might someday be used to bring people back to life.

Oct 9, 2020

The US military and Elon Musk are planning a 7,500-mph rocket that can deliver weapons anywhere in the world in an hour

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, military, space travel

The US military is teaming up with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build a rocket capable of delivering weapons around the world at 7,500 mph.

Oct 9, 2020

Physicists Just Confirmed The Upper Limit For The Speed of Sound in The Universe

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Einstein’s theory of special relativity gave us the speed limit of the Universe — that of light in a vacuum. But the absolute top speed of sound, through any medium, has been somewhat trickier to constrain.

It’s impossible to measure the speed of sound in every single material in existence, but scientists have now managed to pin down an upper limit based on fundamental constants, the universal parameters by which we understand the physics of the Universe.

That speed limit, according to the new calculations, is 36 kilometres per second (22 miles per second). That’s about twice the speed of sound travelling through diamond.