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May 10, 2016

D-Wave Systems and 1QBit Partner With Financial Industry Experts to Launch Quantum for Quants Online Community

Posted by in categories: computing, finance, mathematics, quantum physics

Great move to my friends at D-Wave! Nice.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY—(Marketwired — May 10, 2016) — D-Wave Systems Inc., the world’s first quantum computing company, 1QB Information Technologies Inc. (1QBit), a quantum software firm, and financial industry experts today announced the launch of Quantum for Quants (, an online community designed specifically for quantitative analysts and other experts focused on complex problems in finance. Launched at the Global Derivatives Trading & Risk Management conference in Budapest, the online community will allow quantitative finance and quantum computing professionals to share ideas and insights regarding quantum technology and to explore its application to the finance industry. Through this community, finance industry experts will also be granted access to quantum computing software tools, simulators, and other resources and expertise to explore the best ways to tackle the most difficult computational problems in finance using entirely new techniques.

“Quantum computers enable us to use the laws of physics to solve intractable mathematical problems,” said Marcos de López de Prado, Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners and a Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division. “This is the beginning of a new era, and it will change the job of the mathematician and computer scientist in the years to come.”

Experts in finance, mathematics, computer science and physics have agreed to participate as editors and content contributors of the community, including:

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May 10, 2016

Whispering gallery modes to control artificial atoms for quantum computing

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

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May 10, 2016

A leading physicist says it’s ‘childish’ to think there are no aliens

Posted by in categories: alien life, quantum physics

Interesting approach to the topic.

Do aliens exist? Carlo Rovelli, a founder of loop quantum gravity theory and author of the best-selling book “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics,” says it’s an easy question.

“There is so much space up there that it is childish to think that in a peripheral corner of an ordinary galaxy there should be something uniquely special,” he writes. “Life on Earth gives only a small taste of what can happen in the universe.”

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May 10, 2016

American aircraft will be the first to fire laser weapon

Posted by in category: transportation

StarWars fighting is here! Wow; all we need is Yoda, and a Jedi Academy; then we can say life is indeed imitating art.

Experts believe that US aircraft could be fitted with the so-called death rays early in the next decade once scientists have managed to reduce the size of the devices while increasing their power.

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May 10, 2016

Draper Gets DARPA Contract to Improve Stealth Capabilities for Undersea Vehicles

Posted by in categories: government, military, robotics/AI, surveillance

I love contract season with the US Government because you get to see all of the cool projects being awarded.

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The U.S. military’s unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) depend on stealth as they conduct surveillance and reconnaissance and other missions in the deep oceans. With Global Positioning System (GPS) signals unable to penetrate the ocean’s surface, these UUVs can rely on inertial sensors to provide acceptable positioning information during short missions. On longer missions, however, inertial sensors accumulate error, forcing the vehicles to risk exposing themselves to enemies as they periodically surface to obtain a GPS fix.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is addressing this issue by funding the development of a small number of acoustic transmitters that can be anchored to fixed locations around ocean basins to serve as an undersea navigation constellation, according to a May 10 release by the Cambridge-based nonprofit company Draper.

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May 10, 2016

US investigates security of mobile devices

Posted by in categories: electronics, mobile phones, security

Not saying that the whole Apple situation cause this; it just odd timing.

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have asked mobile phone carriers and manufacturers to explain how they release security updates amid mounting concerns over security vulnerabilities, the U.S. agencies said on Monday.

The agencies have written to Apple, AT&T and Alphabet, among others, in order “to better understand, and ultimately to improve, the security of mobile devices,” the FCC said.

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May 10, 2016

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Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

DARPA was tied to this; and when you click on the article the page states content was removed. I will keep trying to track down because it is a great report; so not sure if someone has intervene.

Forget telltale finger grease prints: researchers have come up with a robot that mimics the swipe touch gestures we use to get into our phones.

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May 10, 2016

Hyperloop firm shows off the magnetic tech that will help it move at 760 mph

Posted by in category: transportation

Very neat!

Here’s the first look inside a Hyperloop.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has released video of what it will look like to travel inside the Hyperloop.

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May 10, 2016

Is NASA about to announce that aliens exist?

Posted by in category: alien life

One can hope.

Although it’s likely to be a hope in vain, I’m afraid.

That said, you never know.

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May 10, 2016

Kepler Findings: NASA Announces Discovery of More Than 1,200 New Alien Planets

Posted by in category: space

NASA just made a new announcement regarding the findings made by the Kepler Space Telescope.

NASA just announced that they have found 1,284 new planets. This is the most exoplanets that have ever been announced at one time, and it doubles the number of known Kepler exoplanets (informally known as ‘alien planets’).

“This announcement more than doubles the number of known exoplanets,” says Timothy Morton, associate research scholar at Princeton University, and a member of the study.

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