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darpaRocket Lab Launching DARPA Membrane Antenna Satellite

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Today Rocket Labs is counting down to launch a DARPA called Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) that will test technologies for deployable antennas. Once in orbit, R3D2 will deploy a Kapton membrane that will expand to a diameter …

artificial intelligenceEconomic Growth and AI Progress Depends on Better Hardware

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Improved computer performance has been driving the boom in deep learning and artificial intelligence. 50% of the productivity growth for the world for the past 40 years in the US and the world came from the massive improvements in computer …

artificial intelligenceThe End of Moore’s Law in Detail and Starting a New Golden Age

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John Hennessy talked about the end of Moore’s Law and the start of a new golden age. He described the specifics of how general computer chips from Intel and others were sped up over decades. Speed came from scaling, parallelism …

darpaDARPA Developing Next Generation Materials for Hypersonic Planes and Weapons

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There two main challenges for hypersonic weapons and vehicles are for engines and rockets to generate the speed and for materials that can survive at the extreme temperatures. Moving at hypersonic speeds of 5 to 25 or more times the …

darpaDARPA Creating Physically Provable Assurances Around Data Security and Privacy

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DARPA is seeking to create new software and hardware architectures that provide physically provable assurances around data security and privacy. Keeping a system completely disconnected from all means of information transfer is an unrealistic security tactic. Modern computing systems must …

camerasSimple Existing Camera Technology and How Privacy Died a Few Years Ago

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Nextbigfuture has predicted ultra-high resolution cameras would become relatively common and high-resolution images and video would impact privacy. In 2006, Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture made two predictions related to cameras, resolution and privacy. Gigapixel cameras common was predicted for 2009-2015. …

artificial intelligenceNavy Making Enhanced Bacteria for Tripwire Submarine Detection

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A video of a panel discussion on the use of modified bacteria to as part of military-grade sensor systems. (H/T Patrick Tucker of Defense One.) The panelists discuss the power of biology. Synthetic biology is breaking out of discipline to …

darpaOpFires Hypersonic Boost Glide program will have test launches from 2020-2022

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DARPA and the US Army Operational Fires (OpFires) program will develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched hypersonic boost-glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time-sensitive targets. Aerojet Rocketdyne, Exquadrum, and Sierra Nevada Corporation …

darpaPhotonic signaling for multi-chip modules

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DARPA Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability (PIPES) program, seeks faster computers by developing high-bandwidth optical signaling technologies for digital microelectronics. PIPES aims 1. to develop and embed integrated optical transceiver capabilities into cutting-edge MCMs 2. create advanced optical …

darpaDARPA Laser radar can see wind 8.6 miles away and enables permanent balloons

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DARPA has solved the how to keep stratospheric balloons permanently over one location. They are testing a wind sensor to detect changes in wind speed and direction from large distances. This is part of the Adaptable Lighter-Than-Air (ALTA) balloon program. …