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Nov 25, 2016

15 Percent of Big Banks Will Be Using Blockchain by 2017, Says IBM

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, finance

In Brief:

  • IBM surveyed 200 global banks and financial institutions as part of two recently released studies.
  • The widespread use of Blockchain could lead to more secure, efficient banking experiences.

Recent reports by IBM have revealed that by 2017, 15 percent of big banks worldwide and 14 percent of major financial institutions will be using Blockchain technology.

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Nov 24, 2016

DARPA developing robots to fix and maintain satellites that are one tenth of the distance to the moon

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, satellites

DARPA is developing robotic support and maintenance of geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites with the Phoenix and GEO programs

The traditional process of designing, developing, building and deploying space systems is long, expensive and complex. These difficulties apply especially to the increasing number of expensive, mission-critical satellites launched every year into geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth. Unlike objects in low Earth orbit (LEO), such as the Hubble Space Telescope, satellites in GEO are essentially unreachable with current technology.

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Nov 24, 2016

Understanding Machine Learning [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Machines are now able to learn and evolve without human intervention. Here’s how it works, and what it means for the future of humanity.

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Nov 24, 2016

Universities’ AI Talent Poached by Tech Giants — By Daniela Hernandez and Rachael King | The Wall Street Journal

Posted by in categories: business, education, robotics/AI


Alphabet Inc.’s Google division last week hired the director of Stanford University’s artificial intelligence lab to lead a new AI unit, the latest in a long line of academic stars in artificial intelligence lured away by tech giants.”

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Nov 24, 2016

Gravity may have chased light in the early universe

Posted by in categories: physics, space

By Michael Brooks

It’s supposed to be the most fundamental constant in physics, but the speed of light may not always have been the same. This twist on a controversial idea could overturn our standard cosmological wisdom.

In 1998, Joao Magueijo at Imperial College London, proposed that the speed of light might vary, to solve what cosmologists call the horizon problem. This says that the universe reached a uniform temperature long before heat-carrying photons, which travel at the speed of light, had time to reach all corners of the universe.

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Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from SENS Research :D

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Happy Thanksgiving! This year during your holiday meal, share what you are thankful for and think about how to pay it forward on #GivingTuesday.

We are working hard to treat age-related diseases so that we all get to enjoy more wonderful days together like this. We need your help to do it.


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Nov 24, 2016

Predicting the Order of Arrival of the First Rejuvenation Therapies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Speculation about what order rejuvenation biotechnologies will arrive.

The first rejuvenation therapies to work well enough to merit the name will be based on the SENS vision: that aging is at root caused by a few classes of accumulated cell and tissue damage, and biotechnologies that either repair that damage or render it irrelevant will as a result produce rejuvenation. Until very recently, no medical technology could achieve this goal, and few research groups were even aiming for that outcome. We are in the midst of a grand transition, however, in which the research and development community is finally turning its attention to the causes of aging, understanding that this is the only way to effectively treat and cure age-related disease. Age-related diseases are age-related precisely because they are caused by the same processes of damage that cause aging: the only distinctions between aging and disease are the names given to various collections of symptoms. All of frailty, disease, weakness, pain, and suffering in aging is the result of accumulated damage at the level of cells and protein machinery inside those cells. Once the medical community becomes firmly set on the goal of repairing that damage, we’ll be well on the way to controlling and managing aging as a chronic condition — preventing it from causing harm to the patient by periodically repairing and removing its causes before they rise to the level of producing symptoms and dysfunction. The therapies of the future will be very different from the therapies of the past.

The full rejuvenation toolkit of the next few decades will consist of a range of different treatments, each targeting a different type of molecular damage in cells and tissues. In this post, I’ll take a look at the likely order of arrival of some of these therapies, based on what is presently going on in research, funding, and for-profit development. This is an update to a similar post written four years ago, now become somewhat dated given recent advances in the field. Circumstances change, and considerable progress has been made in some lines of research and development.

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Nov 24, 2016

Quantum technology 2.0

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, transportation

Nice update and glad the author mentioned Airbus, Gooch and Housego as I often see these 2 contributors missed in QC roadmap and companies engaged on QC activities. Airbus has been heavily involved with QC research and development for a few years now. — news, views and information for the global physics community from Institute of Physics Publishing.

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Nov 24, 2016

New quantum states for better quantum memories

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

How can quantum information be stored as long as possible? An important step forward in the development of quantum memories has been achieved by a research team of TU Wien.

Conventional memories used in today’s computers only differentiate between the bit values 0 and 1. In quantum physics, however, arbitrary superpositions of these two states are possible. Most of the ideas for new quantum technology devices rely on this “Superposition Principle.” One of the main challenges in using such states is that they are usually short-lived. Only for a short period of time can information be read out of quantum memories reliably, after that it is irrecoverable.

A research team at TU Wien has now taken an important step forward in the development of new quantum storage concepts. In cooperation with the Japanese telecommunication giant NTT, the Viennese researchers lead by Johannes Majer are working on quantum memories based on nitrogen atoms and microwaves. The nitrogen atoms have slightly different properties, which quickly leads to the loss of the quantum state. By specifically changing a small portion of the atoms, one can bring the remaining atoms into a new quantum state, with a lifetime enhancement of more than a factor of ten. These results have now been published in the journal “Nature Photonics.”

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Nov 24, 2016

Quantum Computers Could Crush Today’s Top Encryption in 15 Years

Posted by in categories: encryption, finance, quantum physics, robotics/AI

I believe we’re really looking at less than 10yrs given the speed of evolution of QC to date. Instead of two new QC discoveries each year to advance QC; we’re now seeing 2 new discoveries every 2 months now not to mention China and US advancements on networking and communications and scalable QC for devices which Google plans to release their QC device in 2017.

Quantum computers could bring about a quantum leap in processing power, with countless benefits for fields like data science and AI. But there’s also a dark side: this extra power will make it simple to crack the encryption keeping everything from our emails to our online banking secure.

A recent report from the Global Risk Institute predicted that there is a one in seven chance vital cryptography tools will be rendered useless by 2026, rising to a 50% chance by 2031. In the meantime, hackers and spies can hoover up data encrypted using current approaches and simply wait until quantum computers powerful enough to crack the code have been developed.

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