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Oct 13, 2016

Rocket Lab Aims to Win Cubesat-Launching Race

Posted by in categories: business, satellites

Rocket Lab is dedicating itself to launching small satellites cheaply and efficiently — a capability the American company thinks the burgeoning private spaceflight industry desperately needs.

Small satellites, some no bigger than a lunch box, are revolutionizing how people gather data about the Earth, and they might be the future of global communications.

Rocket Lab’s business model is a bit like Henry Ford’s was when he started selling Model T’s: keep the machine simple, produce a lot of them and keep them affordable. Peter Beck, the company’s owner, told Space.com that he’d like to reach a point where Rocket Lab launches one of its custom-made, small-satellite rockets about once per week. And similar to Henry Ford (who didn’t even want to make different colors of the Model T), Beck said that until that basic goal is met, he has no plans to diversify the company’s services. [Satellite Quiz: How Well Do You Know What’s Orbiting Earth?].

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Oct 13, 2016

Free Science: NASA Just Opened Its Entire Research Library to the Public

Posted by in category: science

In Brief:

NASA has announced that all research it has funded will be FREE and accessible to anyone through their new open portal PubSpace.

NASA is opening up its research library to the public in the newly launched web database PubSpace …and it’s absolutely free.

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Oct 13, 2016

Meet Asgardia: a Proposal for the First Ever Outer Space Nation

Posted by in category: space

Asgardia would also act a shield to protect Earth from annihilation by cosmic hazards.

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Oct 13, 2016

Beyond Exaflop supercomputers will require new materials, new architectures, new memory and quantum computers

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, quantum physics, supercomputing

Eurolab HPC tries to assess the future disruptive technology for high performance computing beyond Exascale computers.

They survey the currents state of research and development and its potential for the future of the following hardware technologies:

CMOS scaling
Die stacking and 3D chip technologies
Non-volatile Memory (NVM) technologies
Photonics
Resistive Computing
Neuromorphic Computing
Quantum Computing
Nanotubes
Graphene and
Diamond Transistors

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Oct 13, 2016

The combination of human and artificial intelligence will define humanity’s future

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Through the past few decades of summer blockbuster movies and Silicon Valley products, artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly familiar and sexy, and imbued with a perversely dystopian allure.

What’s talked about less, and has also been dwarfed in attention and resources, is human intelligence (HI).

In its varied forms — from the mysterious brains of octopuses and the swarm-minds of ants to Go-playing deep learning machines and driverless-car autopilots — intelligence is the most powerful and precious resource in existence. Our own minds are the most familiar examples of a phenomenon characterized by a great deal of diversity.

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Oct 13, 2016

The War On Obesity Is A Waste Of Resources, Aging Is The Real Enemy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

As the WHO announces support of a sugary drinks tax, are we wasting resources tackling obesity over aging and age-related disease?

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Oct 13, 2016

ML30: George Church

Posted by in category: life extension

But our goal is not to be really really old for a long time It’s to reverse aging.


George Church speaking at the Media Lab’s 30th anniversary event.

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Oct 13, 2016

Dutch Bank Replaces Tellers with Technology

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI

One of Europe’s largest banks will replace over 10 percent of its workforce with machines by 2021. It’s cost saving, but at what cost?

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Oct 13, 2016

Artificial intelligence is changing SEO faster than you think

Posted by in categories: business, information science, robotics/AI

By now everyone has heard of Google’s RankBrain, the new artificial intelligence machine learning algorithm that is supposed to be the latest and greatest from Mountain View, Calif. What many of you might not realize, however, is just how fast the SEO industry is changing because of it. In this article, I’ll take you through some clear examples of how some of the old rules of SEO no longer apply, and what steps you can take to stay ahead of the curve in order to continue to provide successful SEO campaigns for your businesses.

So what is artificial intelligence?

There are generally three different classifications of artificial intelligence:

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Oct 13, 2016

Google DeepMind researchers have built a neural network with memory–a step towards making AI systems smarter

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It solves puzzles in a surprisingly human-like way.

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