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Mar 11, 2018

Building a Bitcoin ATM is easy, but…

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, finance, internet

A new section about Bitcoin ATM business models
has been added. Jump to “UPDATE – July 2019

The good news is that building a Bitcoin ATM is easy and less expensive than you might expect. But, offering or operating them engulfs the assembler in a regulatory minefield! It might just be worth sticking to selling bitcoin on PayPal (visit this website for more information on that). You might also wish to rethink your business model—especially user-demand scenarios. See our 2019 update at the bottom of this article.

A photo of various Bitcoin ATMs appears at the bottom of this article. My employer, Cryptocurrency Standards Association, shared start-up space at a New York incubator with the maker of a small, wall mounted ATM, like the models shown at top left.

What is Inside a Cryptocurrency ATM?

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Mar 11, 2018

France to commit 700 million euros to International Solar Alliance

Posted by in category: energy

I’d suggest France partner with Algeria to start trying to build a massive solar array in the Algerian desert, there is nothing out there. Although it is a rough neighborhood.


NEW DELHI (Reuters) — France will commit 700 million euros to the International Solar Alliance (ISA), President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday at the founding conference of the organization, reiterating the European country’s commitment to the alliance and clean energy.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi ® shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives to attend the International Solar Alliance Founding Conference in New Delhi, India, March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi.

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Mar 11, 2018

We need to improve the accuracy of AI accuracy discussions

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, singularity

Reading the tech press, you would be forgiven for believing that AI is going to eat pretty much every industry and job. Not a day goes by without another reporter breathlessly reporting some new machine learning product that is going to trounce human intelligence. That surfeit of enthusiasm doesn’t originate just with journalists though — they are merely channeling the wild optimism of researchers and startup founders alike.

There has been an explosion of interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning over the past few years, as the hype around deep learning and other techniques has increased. Tens of thousands of research papers in AI are published yearly, and AngelList’s startup directory for AI companies includes more than four thousands startups.

After being battered by story after story of AI’s coming domination — the singularity, if you will — it shouldn’t be surprising that 58% of Americans today are worried about losing their jobs to “new technology” like automation and artificial intelligence according to a newly released Northeastern University / Gallup poll. That fear outranks immigration and outsourcing by a large factor.

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Mar 11, 2018

Elon Musk’s hyperloop dream may come true — and soon

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

But hyperloops are no longer quite so hypothetical. A handful of firms are now competing to develop the necessary technology. And in addition to designing the magnetically levitated pods and testing them on small-scale tracks, the firms are taking preliminary steps to set up hyperloop routes in the U.S. and abroad.

“It’s happening far faster than I would have ever expected, and it’s happening all over the world,” said Dr. David Goldsmith, a transportation researcher at Virginia Tech.

One of the biggest players is Musk himself. His whimsically named Boring Company is planning to dig a hyperloop tunnel that would make it possible to travel from Washington, D.C. to New York City in half an hour (the fastest Amtrak trains make the trip in just under three hours). Meanwhile, a pair of California-based startups, Virgin Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, are developing routes in North America, Asia, and Europe.

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Mar 11, 2018

After Six Years, We Finally Found the Melted Uranium at Fukushima

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Six years after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, a specialized robot has been able to capture images of melted uranium fuel from the site for the first time.

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Mar 11, 2018

From strawberries to apples, a wave of agriculture robotics may ease the farm labor crunch

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

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Mar 11, 2018

Gene Editing Just Got So Precise, Researchers Can Change Single Letters of DNA Code

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, genetics

MhAX, or Microhomology-Assisted eXcision.


Gene editing has the power to completely reshape our world.

It promises everything from fixing the genetic faults that lead to disease, to destroying disease-causing microbes, to improving the nutrition of the foods we eat and even resurrecting extinct species like the wooly mammoth — all largely thanks to the genetic editing tool CRISPR, which has both popularized this work and made it possible.

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Mar 11, 2018

Placenta makes 100-years old the new 60 — Fox Business Mornings With Maria

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Celularity, a leading U.S. biotechnology company, is seizing on an opportunity to use cells to target diseases. The CEO, Dr. Robert Hariri, says placenta can be used to augment longevity and immunity. https://www.celularity.com

Celularity’s Massively Transformative Purpose (MTP) is to harness the power of the living cell to augment biology, immunity and longevity.

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Mar 11, 2018

Doctors find virus in a pond, use it to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria in man’s heart

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Doctors from Yale University used bacteria-killing viruses collected from a Connecticut pond to successfully treat a man with a bacterial infection.

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Mar 11, 2018

Superconductors may shed light on the black hole information paradox

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Materials that conduct electricity without resistance might mimic black hole physics.

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