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May 22, 2017

SoftBank, Saudis Launch $100 Billion Tech Fund

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Ahead of the fund’s launch on Saturday, Mr. Son said it would focus on investing in sectors including artificial intelligence, smart devices and semiconductors. “We already have lots in the pipeline,” he said. “We are investing into genome sequencing. We are investing in virtual-reality simulations, the games, and so on.”

Japan’s SoftBank Group and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund on Saturday launched the world’s largest technology fund, a nearly $100 billion vehicle that will steer capital to cutting-edge technologies in U.S. startups and other global firms.

In a statement, SoftBank said the fund secured $93 billion of committed capital. The so-called SoftBank Vision Fund is targeting a total of $100 billion within 6 months. The fund’s creation coincides with U.S. President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is…

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May 22, 2017

Train-drone delivery system could bring packages to your balcony

Posted by in category: drones

The Iris concept would use modified metros and drones to deliver packages for online retailers.

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May 21, 2017

Gravitational Waves Are Permanently Warping The Fabric of Space-Time

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Researchers have proposed a method for detecting exotic events in physics by looking for the scars they leave behind on the fabric of space.

By identifying how objects like cosmic strings or evaporating black holes leave behind memories of their existence on the Universe, it might be possible to move some rather strange phenomena from theoretical to empirical science.

It all comes down to an effect of general relativity called gravitational-wave memory, which is the distortion left behind as space is stretched and relaxed by a massive object.

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May 21, 2017

The Next Great Computer Interface Is Emerging—But It Doesn’t Have a Name Yet

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, computing, mobile phones, singularity

Not long ago, your parents might’ve noticed a kid staring at a smartphone in their front yard. There wasn’t anything there. The kid was just…hanging out. What they didn’t know? Said kid was gazing through a digital window and seeing a mythical beast in their well-manicured roses.

This youngster was playing an augmented reality smartphone sensation called Pokémon Go that swept the online masses before fading back. But don’t confuse ephemerality for significance. Pokémon Go’s simple yet viral appeal suggests AR is going to be huge.

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May 21, 2017

Cytosurge FluidFM µ3Dprinter is world’s first sub-micron metal 3D printer

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Major advancement in 3D printing:

Cytosurge AG, based in Zurich Switzerland, presents their revolutionary FluidFM µ3Dprinter which is world’s first 3D sub-micron direct metal printing machine.

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May 21, 2017

The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die

Posted by in categories: existential risks, government, life extension, sustainability

Still, the seed vault is supposed to function without humans having to get involved with maintenance. The Norwegian government is studying the situation and plans to fix the leak.

It was a story that was too good to pass up. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault had flooded because of global warming-induced high temperatures melting the surrounding permafrost. But according to one of the vault’s creators, the reports are pretty overblown and everything’s fine. Well, the vault’s fine. The apocalypse is still ticking along nicely.

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May 21, 2017

Bill Gates: Try a career in artificial intelligence, energy or bioscience to make an impact

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

The billionaire said we all must strive to fight inequity to make the world a better place, and technology can help that.

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May 21, 2017

Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google’s AutoML makes it easier to design better AI.

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May 21, 2017

Jeff Bezos sets Blue Origin’s sights on building a city on the moon

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk may have his heart set on building a city on Mars, but Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space vision looks closer to home. He’s gazing at the moon.

“I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon,” Bezos said today during a Q&A with kids at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. “It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay.”

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May 21, 2017

Jeff Bezos lays out a plan for settling the moon

Posted by in category: space travel

During a chat with students at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, the billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin discusses how to build a permanent human settlement on the moon. Get the full story on GeekWire:

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