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Jun 19, 2019

The world’s best supercomputers are being updated to run AI software faster

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI, supercomputing

The upgrades include changes to make AI programming simpler—and to speed up powerful machines for specific AI tasks.

The news: The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) kicked off in Frankfurt yesterday with the release of the latest list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. US machines still top the ranking, but China has the most computers on the list (219 versus 116 for the US).

Supercomputers have already turbocharged some AI applications. For example. the US’s Summit supercomputer (pictured above), which leads the Top 500, has already run a complex machine-learning model for climate research faster than any other machine.

Jun 19, 2019

Three Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose a company in crisis

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Thanks Betty Lim ❤🔘 Great stuff.

“At first it didn’t bother me — but after a while, it started taking a toll,” Bennetti told me. “I got to feel, like, a cloud — a darkness — over me. I started being depressed. I’m a very happy, outgoing person, and I was [becoming] withdrawn. My anxiety went up. It was hard to get through it every day. It started affecting my home life.”

Johnson was particularly disturbed by the site’s sole bathroom, which she regularly found in a state of disrepair. (The company says it has janitors available every shift in Tampa.) In the stalls, signs posted in response to employee misbehavior proliferated. Do not use your feet to flush the toilet. Do not flush more than five toilet seat covers at one time. Do not put any substances, natural or unnatural, on the walls.

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Jun 19, 2019

A SpaceX surprise: Falcon Heavy booster landing to smash distance record

Posted by in categories: drones, space travel

In an unexpected last-second change, SpaceX has moved Falcon Heavy Flight 3’s center core landing on drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) from 40 km to more than 1240 km (770 mi) off the coast of Florida.

Drone ship OCISLY is already being towed to the landing site, necessary due to the sheer distance that needs to be covered at a leisurely towing pace. The current record for distance traveled during booster recovery was set at ~970 km by Falcon Heavy center core B1055 in April 2019. If successful, Falcon Heavy center core B1057 will smash that record by almost 30% after sending two dozen spacecraft on their way to orbit. Falcon Heavy Flight 3 is scheduled to lift off in support of the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program 2 (STP-2) mission no earlier than 11:30 pm ET (03:30 UTC), June 24th. A routine static fire test at Pad 39A will (hopefully) set the stage for launch on Wednesday, June 19th.

Jun 19, 2019

Eating Cheese Could Actually Make You Live Longer, Science Says

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, life extension, science

a woman eating a slice of pizza: A study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that eating cheese can lead to a longer lifespan. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd A study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that eating cheese can lead to a longer lifespan.

Every now and again, a study is released that makes our heart skip a beat.

Recently, research published in the journal Nature Medicine found that eating cheese can lead to a longer lifespan (and it wasn’t even satire!).

Jun 19, 2019

Podcast Special Edition Mini-Cast: Preview of The 2019 Ending-Age Related Diseases Conference

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

“As far as I’m concerned, ageing is humanity’s worst problem, by some serious distance.”–Aubrey de Grey.

Jun 19, 2019

Collaborative research charts course to hundreds of new nitrides

Posted by in category: computing

Andriy Zakutayev knows the odds of a scientist stumbling across a new nitride mineral are about the same as a ship happening upon a previously undiscovered landmass.

“If you find any in nature, it’s probably in a meteorite,” said Zakutayev, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Formed when metallic elements combine with nitrogen, nitrides can possess unique properties with spanning from semiconductors to industrial coatings. One nitride semiconductor served as the cornerstone of a Nobel Prize-winning technology for light-emitting diodes (LEDs). But before nitrides can be put to use, they first must be discovered—and now, researchers have a map to guide them.

Jun 19, 2019

The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Posted by in categories: drones, internet, quantum physics

Breakthrough demonstrations using defective diamonds, high-flying drones, laser-bathed crystals and other exotica suggest practical, unhackable quantum networks are within reach.

  • By Anil Ananthaswamy on June 19, 2019

Jun 19, 2019

The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

IoT has arrived on the factory floor with the force of Kool-Aid Man exploding through walls.

Jun 19, 2019

Medicine dispensing innovation wins engineering prize

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Thanks to a new locker system for dispensing medicines, patients can now get their medicines in only 36 seconds.

Jun 19, 2019

Michio Kaku: Genetic and digital immortality are within reach

Posted by in categories: genetics, life extension via @michiokaku