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Jan 14, 2018

Proof-of-Work Alternatives: Massive electric consumption by cryptocurrency mining

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, energy, environmental

Some blogs and news outlets eschew long titles. Publishers want readers to scan a list of topics that fit on one-line each. But, a better title for this article would be:

“Massive electric consumption by cryptocurrency mining:
An unfortunate environmental nightmare will soon pass!
… Proof-of-Work alternatives are on the horizon”

A considerable amount of electricity is used in the process of mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Miners are effectively distributed bookkeepers, and this use of resources is part of a system called “proof-of-work”. It keeps the books fair, honest, and without an ability for the miners to collude (In other words, they cannot ‘cook the books’).

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Jan 14, 2018

Oil tanker burning in the East China Sea sinks

Posted by in category: futurism

An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea has sunk a week after it collided with another vessel, according to Chinese state media.

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Jan 14, 2018

“Ballistic missile threat” warning in Hawaii a false alarm

Posted by in categories: military, mobile phones

Hawaii ‘ballistic missile threat’ alert to phones was false alarm, officials say.

“Hawaiians were thrown into a panic Saturday morning after an emergency alert was mistakenly sent, warning them to ”seek immediate shelter” from a ballistic missile threat, and it took emergency officials 38 minutes to send a new alert to mobile phones that the threat was a false alarm.

”Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi said at a press conference with the governor Saturday afternoon that a single individual sent out the alert by mistake. The individual went so far as to click through a second message, intended as a safeguard, that asked whether the alert should go out.

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Jan 14, 2018

Money for nothing: is Finland’s universal basic income trial too good to be true?

Posted by in categories: economics, government

One year on from its launch, the world remains fascinated by Finland’s groundbreaking universal basic income trial: Europe’s first national, government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash.

Europe’s first national experiment in giving citizens free cash has attracted huge media attention. But one year in, what does this project really hope to prove?

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Jan 13, 2018

Ash Eruption From Philippines Volcano Triggers Evacuation

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, education, health


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Jan 13, 2018

Nimbus drone can withstand anything

Posted by in category: drones

This is an indestructible drone.

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Jan 13, 2018

Sophia takes her first steps

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

I think i would rather see the Sophia head stuck on the ATLAS current body. Than have everyone try to constantly re invent the humanoid robot body wheel.

WATCH: Sophia the robot takes her first steps at #CES2018 (Via CNET)

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Jan 13, 2018

Y Combinator will give you $1 million to try to cure aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, life extension, neuroscience

The famed startup incubator Y Combinator put out a call for companies that want to increase human longevity and “health span.”

Who they want: Founders with new ideas for treating old-age diseases like Alzheimer’s, “but we will also consider more radical anti-aging schemes,” YC president Sam Altman told MIT Technology Review.

Why longevity? Efforts to stop old age don’t actually get funded much. “My sense is that economic incentives of drugs companies are screwed up” says Altman. “I don’t think we have enough people saying, How can we make a lot of people a lot heathier?”

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Jan 13, 2018

Toyota has unveiled a crazy self-driving vehicle

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

Toyota revealed a self-driving concept vehicle, the e-Palette, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday.

The electric, box-shaped vehicle will come in three sizes. The largest will be around the size of a bus and be able to haul freight and make large deliveries, while the smallest will be compact enough to travel on sidewalks. Toyota envisions the e-Palette will serve a variety of potential uses, allowing businesses to deliver goods, transport people, or use the vehicle as a mobile storefront or office.

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Jan 13, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out a New Assistant in Infotainment Systems

Posted by in category: transportation

Rather than focus on the specs of upcoming vehicles, the most interesting part of Mercedes-Benz’s CES presentation came when the automaker said it built its own assistant for the car.

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