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Feb 24, 2016

Antimatter Space Propulsion Possible Within A Decade, Say Physicists

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

Antimatter propulsion is a lot closer than most aerospace engineers would ever imagine and these guys looking for cash for the next phase of their own research deserve kudos for trying to take this to the next level.

Dreams of antimatter space propulsion are closer to reality than most rocket scientists could ever imagine, says former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson. In fact, if money were no object, he says an antimatter-driven spacecraft prototype could be tested within a decade.

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Feb 23, 2016

You need to watch this video of Google’s latest robot opening doors, getting bullied and being pushed down

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Poor robot.

Boston Dynamics, the robot company owned by Google, just released the latest videos of its humanoid Atlas robot in action and it’s pretty amazing.

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Feb 23, 2016

Virtual Reality: The Supply Chain’s Next Stage of Evolution

Posted by in categories: electronics, evolution, virtual reality

Years ago while I was still in college, I was able to experience what it was like working hands on in operations and logistics in retail. And, one of the most frustrating points was having to step away and log things on a desktop or try to locate your scanner to scan things in. I thought how wonderful it would be to be able to scan in receivables with my eyes and how much faster logistics would be. Although this article is from November; it highlights how VR really does improve things for companies, employees, and the quicker turn around time to customers.

A VR supply chain allows manufacturers to design and architect in 3-D, evaluate designs and make critical decisions about new products and customer buying decisions.

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Feb 23, 2016

The Next Generation of Boston Dynamics‘ ATLAS Robot Is Quiet, Robust, and Tether Free

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

ATLAS looking Amazing.

The Latest ATLAS robot is by far the most advanced humanoid robot in existence.

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Feb 23, 2016

Atlas, The Next Generation

Posted by in categories: electronics, robotics/AI

A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain and help with navigation. This version of Atlas is about 5’ 9” tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

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Feb 23, 2016

Calif.‘s Harris Outlines ‘Reasonable’Data Security

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, internet, law, policy, quantum physics

I wish the CA AG a lot of luck; however, her approach is very questionable when you think about downstream access and feed type scenarios. Example, Business in Boston MA has an agreement with a cloud host company in CA, and Boston also has data that it pulls in from Italy, DE, etc. plus has a service that it offers to all of users and partners in the US and Europe that is hosted in CA.

How is the CA AG going to impose a policy on Boston? It can’t; in fact the business in Boston will change providers and choose to use someone in another state that will not impact their costs and business.

BTW — I didn’t even mention the whole recent announcement from China on deploying out a fully Quantum “secured” infrastructure. If this is true; everyone is exposed and this means there is no way companies can be held accountable because US didn’t have access to the more advance Quantum infrastructure technology.

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Feb 23, 2016

Microsoft founder Gates backs FBI in encryption fight with Apple

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption, government, mobile phones

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has broken with other Silicon Valley giants by backing the FBI in its battle with Apple over hacking into a locked iPhone as part of the investigation into last December’s San Bernardino terror attack.

In an interview with the Financial Times published Tuesday, Gates said a court order requiring Apple to help the FBI access a work phone belonging to gunman Syed Farook was” a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case.”

Gates went on to compare the FBI’s request to accessing bank and telephone records. However, he added that the government must be subject to rules about when it can access such information.

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Feb 23, 2016

Solving The Mystery Of The Disappearing Quasar

Posted by in category: space

Scientists were studying the properties of the light coming from a quasar — some of the brightest objects in the universe — when the light just seemed to wink out. Now they think they know why.

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Feb 23, 2016

MasterCard to Launch Selfie, Fingerprint ID in U.S. This Summer

Posted by in categories: privacy, security

The biometric security methods for online transactions have been in trials by MasterCard since last July and are being expanded around the world.

MasterCard is planning to launch fingerprint and selfie biometric identification options for customers in the United States and in other parts of the world this summer as it finds that users are comfortable and confident with the technology.

The expansion of the program, which began last July as a trial project to see how consumers would respond to the use of selfies and fingerprints to replace passwords for their online purchases, was announced by the company on Feb. 22 in Amsterdam, where a larger testing project involving some 750 users over six months was also conducted.

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Feb 23, 2016

Health care is about to get smarter: The artificial intelligence boom

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

I still see AI as a supportive solution to handle more standardized operations still requiring oversight by people. As long as hacking exist the level of allowing systems to own and manage processes without people oversight is not going to happen until hacking is resolved.

It is predicted that the use of AI in health care will grow tenfold in the next five years, and not all of the medical applications will be for doctors. The technology is accelerating drug discovery, increasing compliance and even tracking changes in markers of ‘youthfulness,’ empowering people to better manage their own health.

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