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Jul 1, 2019

Astronomers Have Analysed Claims ‘Oumuamua’s an Alien Ship, And It’s Not Looking Good

Posted by in category: space

Interstellar object ‘Oumuamua — that strange, cigar-shaped chunk of rock from somewhere a vast distance beyond the Solar System — is, new research has concluded, absolutely, positively not an alien spaceship.

OK, well, probably not. We can’t tell for sure without closely examining the thing, and it’s passed beyond our reach now. But, after carefully reviewing all our observations of the object, the international team of ‘Oumuamua scientists has concluded that everything we know about it is consistent with a natural origin.

We already mostly knew this. But a paper last year from Harvard astrophysics enfant terrible Avi Loeb briefly suggested the possibility that the rock was an alien probe. It was like a spark to dry tinder, honestly, and other scientists have been running around with buckets ever since.

Jul 1, 2019

World’s First “Quantum Drone” for Impenetrable Air-to-Ground Data Links Takes Off

Posted by in categories: drones, quantum physics

Chinese researchers are developing an airborne quantum communications network with drones as nodes.

Jul 1, 2019

Men’s UA HOVR™ Infinite Running Shoes

Posted by in category: futurism

WINNER: 2019 Runner’s World “Recommended” Award NEUTRAL: For runners who need flexibility, cushioning & versatility DIGITALLY CONNECTED: UA’s Re…

Jul 1, 2019

AI is changing the entire nature of compute

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Machine learning, especially deep learning, is forcing a re-evaluation of how chips and systems are designed that will change the direction of the industry for decades to come.

Jul 1, 2019

Einstein’s Quest to ‘Know God’s Thoughts’ Could Take Millennia

Posted by in category: particle physics

Unifying all the forces and particles would require a particle accelerator far more powerful than humans have ever built.

Jul 1, 2019

Finally, Proof That Quantum Computing Can Boost Machine Learning

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Quantum supremacy sounds like something out of a Marvel movie. But for scientists working at the forefront of quantum computing, the hope—and hype—of this fundamentally different method of processing information is very real. Thanks to the quirky properties of quantum mechanics (here’s a nifty primer), quantum computers have the potential to massively speed up certain types of problems, particularly those that simulate nature.

Scientists are especially enthralled with the idea of marrying the quantum world with machine learning. Despite all their achievements, our silicon learning buddies remain handicapped: machine learning algorithms and traditional CPUs don’t play well, partly because the greedy algorithms tax classical computing hardware.

Add in a dose of quantum computing, however, and machine learning could potentially process complex problems beyond current abilities at a fraction of the time.

Jul 1, 2019

How Big Is the Gap Between ‘Ready Player One’ and Current VR Tech?

Posted by in categories: computing, virtual reality

Where reality is still lagging considerably is in recreating the physical experience of VR. In the movie, the haptic gloves OASIS players wear make them virtual objects almost indistinguishable from real ones. Other characters have even more advanced set-ups, like full-body haptic suits that simulate both pleasure and pain, complicated harnesses and treadmills that allow users to run around and move their bodies just like they would in real life, and even “smell towers.”

But a report released by analysts IDTechX to coincide with the movie’s release suggests the first step towards most of these technologies has already been taken. VR handsets already feature the same kind of rumble packs found in computer game controllers that provide simple haptic feedback in the form of vibrations.

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Jul 1, 2019

Garbage collectors open library with abandoned books

Posted by in category: futurism

Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills.

The library, located in the Çankaya district of Ankara, was founded after sanitation workers started collecting discarded books.

Jul 1, 2019

A Compilation of mushrooms we picked on our travels

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Dreamy times Animation by Fractually.

Jul 1, 2019

Ridiculous Patent: Infinite Data Compression

Posted by in category: futurism

“claims to compress any input data by at least one bit”

“Now, suppose I compress 10 different files in this way — each of them compresses to a single ‘1’ or ‘0’ (a single bit).”

Why stop at a single bit? If it can compress any input by at least one bit, then it can compress an input of one bit into 0 bits. Infinite compression!