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Nvidia’s Arm Acquisition Brings the Two Key Technologies of This Century Under One Roof

Artificial intelligence and mobile computing have been two of the most disruptive technologies of this century. The unification of the two companies that made them possible could have wide-ranging consequences for the future of computing. California-based Nvidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) have powered the deep learning revolution ever since Google researchers discovered in 2011 that they could run neural networks …

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What Two Billion People Pay Attention to Is Still in the Hands of a Few Companies

With increasing frequency, I notice sudden silences, like sonic black holes opening around me. There’ll be the white noise of a person puttering about followed by a profound ceasing of movement. Inevitably, I find somebody frozen in the middle of a room or open doorway, eyes glued to the screen. Talking to them is no use, because talking assumes presence. …

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US 2020 GDP Could be -2% With Possible Full Pandemic Economic Recovery By End of 2021

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve published results of a survey of 35 economic forecasters on August 14, 2020. They predicted the US economy would expand at an annual rate of 19.1 percent in the third quarter. This was almost double the prediction of 10.6 percent from the last survey. The forecasters expected real GDP to decrease 5.2 percent in 2020 but …

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New drug highly effective against SARS-CoV-2

    16th September 2020 New drug highly effective against SARS-CoV-2 Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that completely and specifically neutralises SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This antibody component, which is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, has been used to construct a drug – known …

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A CRISPR Baby Future? New Report Outlines Path to Human Germline Editing

What will it take for CRISPR babies to become medically acceptable? Earlier this month, an international commission of scientists released a highly anticipated report detailing the steps needed to turn a gene-editing fiasco into a powerful treatment that could wipe out genetic diseases throughout generations. The conclusion: Editing the genome of human embryos to make CRISPR babies isn’t yet safe. …

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Mold-prone food seems more natural and ‘pure’

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. People consider mold-prone food more natural—and therefore better—than those with long shelf lives, according to a new study. The researchers think, however, that belief may change in the wake of COVID-19. Is an oozing apple with fuzzy white mold better than one that is …

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Dark Matter’s Effect Is 10x What It Should Be, Scientists Say

According to new research, dark matter may be an even bigger mystery than previously believed. The stuff is thought to make up a significant percentage of the mass of the universe — yet it’s near impossible to study, let alone observe. Physicists have had to resort to studying the way dark matter bends light between distant sources such as a galaxy and …

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Could I Climb Into a SpaceX Cargo Rideshare and Yeet Myself Into Space?

Fewer than 600 people have been to space in the entire history of humankind, and I want to be one of them. Fights to space are expensive, though, and training to be an astronaut is a grueling endeavor. So I have a different idea: I want to hitch a ride into orbit on the SpaceX Rideshare program. Normally it’s used …

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2021 Future Timeline | Timeline | Technology | Singularity | 2020 | 2050 | 2100 | 2150 | 2200 | 21st century | 22nd century | 23rd century | Humanity | Predictions

    2021 Exascale computers are deployed An exaFLOP is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (a million trillion, or one quintillion) floating point operations per second. The world’s top supercomputers are now reaching this speed, which is a 1,000-fold improvement over a petaFLOP machine. The growth of computing power had followed an exponential trend for many years. However, a slowdown in the rate of …

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Misguided beliefs drive pro-vaccine policy opposition

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Misinformed vaccine beliefs are by far the strongest driver of opposition to pro-vaccination public policies, according to new research. The new research finds that misinformed beliefs about vaccines drive opposition more than political partisanship, education, religiosity, or other sociodemographic factors. “There are real implications …