AGI Lags Compute Power and Technological Empowerment of Individuals is Lagging

This article will show that AI projects are getting access to petaflops and exaflops of computing power, which would match the raw compute power of the human brain. However, we still do not have insect-level AI system despite having the raw power for insect AI twenty years ago. AGI is lagging and will likely to …

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Next week the Philippines could basically give up Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea and develop oil and gas in partnership with China

Next week Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who took power in late June, will make his first state visit to China. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte not expecting and will not be demanding: the return of Scarborough Shoal, which China seized from the Philippines in 2012, sparking demonstrations by Filipinos around the world. Scarborough Shoal is a …

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Russia is planning for a seven year oil price war with Saudi Arabia

Russia is battening down the hatches for a Biblical collapse in oil revenues, warning that crude prices could stay as low as $40 a barrel for another seven years. Maxim Oreshkin, the deputy finance minister, said the country is drawing up plans based on a price band fluctuating between $40 to $60 as far out …

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DARPA targets next generation vacuum tubes that will create electronics that are harder to jam

According to DARPA, vacuum electron devices (VEDs) are critical components for defense and civilian systems that require high power, wide bandwidth, and high efficiency, and there are over 200,000 VEDs currently in service. While most VEDs in common use today (traveling wave tubes (TWTs), klystrons, crossed-field amplifiers, magnetrons, gyrotrons and others) were invented in the …

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Imperfect Malaria Vaccine can still help reduce Malaria cases by 36%

The world’s first Malaria vaccine provides modest protection. Four injections of the RTS,S vaccine reduced cases of malaria in children aged 5 to 17 months and babies aged 6 to 12 weeks at first vaccination by 36 and 26 per cent respectively after four years, compared with non-recipients. “Given that there were an estimated 198 …

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Engineering of Beam Direct Conversion for Ion Beams from 1982

[A paper from 1977] Practical systems for beam direct conversion are required to recover the energy from ion beams at high efficiency and at very high beam power densities in the environment of a high power, neutral injection system. Such an experiment is now in progress using a 120 kV beam with a maximum total …

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Mining has begun at the Husab Uranium mine in Namibia and it will reach 5770 tonnes of uranium per year in 2017

The official start of mining operations at the Husab project in Namibia has begun. Husab becomes the fourth uranium mine in operation in Namibia, the others being Rössing, Langer Heinrich and Trekkopje. China National Nuclear Corporation holds a 25% stake in Paladin’s Langer Heinrich mine, entitling it to a corresponding share of the project’s output. …

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IMECs roadmap to 5 nanometer features

IMEC has a roadmap to 5 nanometer features on chips. At 5nm, chip makers will need to supplement extreme ultraviolet lithography with direct self-assembly techniques (above). Prototypes now in the lab look promising (below) but are still well above the target of 10 defects/cm2.. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review …

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