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Aug 28, 2020

Google conducts largest chemical simulation on a quantum computer to date

Posted by in categories: chemistry, particle physics, quantum physics, robotics/AI

A team of researchers with Google’s AI Quantum team (working with unspecified collaborators) has conducted the largest chemical simulation on a quantum computer to date. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their work and why they believe it was a step forward in quantum computing. Xiao Yuan of Stanford University has written a Perspective piece outlining the potential benefits of quantum computer use to conduct chemical simulations and the work by the team at AI Quantum, published in the same journal issue.

Developing an ability to predict by simulating them on computers would be of great benefit to chemists—currently, they do most of it through trial and error. Prediction would open up the door to the development of a wide range of new materials with still unknown properties. Sadly, current computers lack the exponential scaling that would be required for such work. Because of that, chemists have been hoping quantum computers will one day step in to take on the role.

Current quantum computer technology is not yet ready to take on such a challenge, of course, but computer scientists are hoping to get them there sometime in the near future. In the meantime, big companies like Google are investing in research geared toward using quantum computers once they mature. In this new effort, the team at AI Quantum focused their efforts on simulating a simple chemical process—the Hartree-Fock approximation of a real system—in this particular case, a diazene molecule undergoing a reaction with hydrogen atoms, resulting in an altered configuration.

Aug 28, 2020

Japan’s ‘flying car’ gets off ground, with a person aboard

Posted by in category: transportation

The decades-old dream of zipping around in the sky as simply as driving on highways may be becoming less illusory.

Japan’s SkyDrive Inc., among the myriads of “flying car” projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person aboard.

In a video shown to reporters on Friday, a contraption that looked like a slick motorcycle with propellers lifted several feet (1−2 meters) off the ground, and hovered in a netted area for four minutes.

Aug 28, 2020

Physicists: Wormholes Large Enough to Travel Through Are Possible

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics, space travel

Scientists at Princeton have good news for interstellar travel.

Aug 28, 2020

Amazon orders over 1,800 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz

Posted by in category: sustainability

Amazon has placed an order of 1,800 electric vans with Mercedes-Benz, adding to the 100,000 electric delivery vans it has on order with Rivian.

Aug 28, 2020

Scientists Find Evidence The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Back in 2017, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the structure of our brains.

What they discovered is that the brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures operating in as many as 11 dimensions.

We’re used to thinking of the world from a 3D perspective, so this may sound a bit tricky, but the results of this study could be the next major step in understanding the fabric of the human brain — the most complex structure we know of.

Aug 28, 2020

This little robot can teach you to draw…

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Aug 28, 2020

Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash

Posted by in category: economics

Basic income is not a favor, but a right.”


“Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

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Aug 28, 2020

FBI Reportedly Foils Russian Hack at Tesla Factory

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, sustainability, transportation

« Acording to Electrek, an FBI complaint details how the feds helped foil a plot by Russian hackers to target Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory with a massive ransomware hack and data breach.

It’s worth noting that the complaint itself never explicitly says that the target of the hack was Tesla, though its Gigafactory is located outside Sparks, Nevada. Electrek, though, is reporting as fact that Tesla is the target. We’ve reached out to Tesla for additional information and we’ll update if any new info comes to light. »


Intriguingly, it sounds as though the hackers weren’t just after ransom.

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Aug 28, 2020

Elon Musk promises demo of a working Neuralink device on Friday

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Neuralink will demonstrate a working brain-machine interfacing device at 3pm PT (6pm ET) on Friday. Musk says a second-generation robot designed to attach the company’s technology to the brain will be unveiled.

Aug 27, 2020

Intel Scientist Who Built Stephen Hawking’s Communicator Is Updating It With AI And GPT-2, Open Sourcing It

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Intel scientist who built stephen hawking’s communicator is updating it with AI and GPT-2, open sourcing it.