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Dec 2, 2023

New study finds bots and fraud farms responsible for 73% of web traffic

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

The report found that bot attacks increased by 167 percent in the first half of the year, with a staggering 291 percent increase in intelligent bots.

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73 percent of all web and app traffic was malicious in Q3 2023.

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Dec 2, 2023

Amazon buys rival SpaceX’s launches for its satellite internet

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

The addition of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 brings a new dynamic to Amazon’s Project Kuiper, introducing unexpected competition within the space industry.

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Dec 2, 2023

Tsunami warning after Philippines hit by 7.5 magnitude earthquake

Posted by in category: climatology

An earthquake of at least magnitude 7.5 struck Mindanao in the southern Philippines late on Saturday, triggering evacuation orders for some areas of the country and for south-west Japan over warnings of tsunami waves of 1 metre (3ft) or more.

The Philippine Seismology Agency, Phivolcs, said the waves could hit the Philippines by midnight local time (4pm GMT) and continue for hours, though there were no initial reports of significant wave damage by that time.

Dec 2, 2023

RSG (1).pdf

Posted by in category: futurism

Connectionism eliminativism and the future of folk psychology.

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Dec 2, 2023

Unleashing the Power of Li-Fi for Next-Gen Wireless Communication

Posted by in categories: innovation, internet

In the age of rapid technological advancements, a new player has emerged on the scene, promising to revolutionize the way we transmit data wirelessly. Li-Fi, or Light Fidelity, is a cutting-edge technology that employs visible light to transmit information, offering an innovative alternative to traditional radio frequency-based wireless communication systems.

The IEEE published the 802.11bb standard for light-based networking in July 2023, an extension of the Wi-Fi specification enabling wireless networking using visible and infrared light rather than the radio spectrum. The standard outlines adjustments to the physical and medium access control layers, allowing wireless networking through light source modulation imperceptible to the human eye.

The Li-Fi specification mandates bidirectional transmission within the 800nm to 1,000nm electromagnetic spectrum range, ensuring a minimum throughput of 10 Mb/s and a maximum of 9.6 Gb/s at the MAC data service access point. By comparison, Wi-Fi operates within wavelengths of 120mm (2.4 GHz) and 60mm (5 GHz), with speeds that vary across versions, including Wi-Fi 6, which reaches up to 9.6 Gb/s, akin to Li-Fi capabilities.

Dec 2, 2023

The Average Bitcoin Transaction Wastes a Full Swimming Pool of Water, Scientists Say

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, computing, cryptocurrencies

Computers used to mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies’ require enormous amounts of energy and cooling that’s evaporating water supplies.

Dec 2, 2023

Thanks to AI, you can now draw your app instead of coding it

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

AI with image recognition opens up new possibilities for designers and developers to quickly turn an idea into a prototype. There are several approaches based on OpenAI technology.

The introduction of multimodal capabilities in GPT-4 has laid an important foundation for future software development. Thanks to GPT-4V, the AI model accepts both text and images as input. This allows it to generate working code from screenshots or rudimentary drawings.

Recently, several products have been developed around this idea. The collaborative whiteboard tool tldraw has set up a playground on the website, where mockups of website elements can be created in the browser. GPT-4V converts these into code using the OpenAI API. A separate API key is required.

Dec 2, 2023

New Quantum Tool Could Help Researchers Investigate Entanglement

Posted by in categories: materials, quantum physics

Insider Brief.

Scientists report on a new approach that can significantly improve the study and understanding of entanglement in quantum materials.

The researchers were led by Peter Zoller at the University of Innsbruck and the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Dec 2, 2023

How AI and quantum physics link up to consciousness

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

Will artificial intelligence serve humanity — or will it spawn a new species of conscious digital beings with their own agenda?

It’s a question that has sparked scores of science-fiction plots, from “Colossus: The Forbin Project” in 1970, to “The Matrix” in 1999, to this year’s big-budget tale about AI vs. humans, “The Creator.”

The same question has also been lurking behind the OpenAI leadership struggle — in which CEO Sam Altman won out over the nonprofit board members who fired him a week earlier.

Dec 2, 2023

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

It causes the air sacs of the lungs to fill up with fluid or pus. It can range from mild to severe, depending on the type of germ causing the infection, your age, and your overall health.

What causes pneumonia?

Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections can cause pneumonia.

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