So Japanese monkeys hump deer and plants and animals mate. Viable results are rare but it does happen. It’s all about hybridization.
The Chinese Chang’e lunar mission program will be sending plants and insects to the moon. The experiment will see if these will be able to thrive in the moon’s gravity. Likely they will only be in a self-contained biome, but the story possibilities are certainly intriguing.
From Aeon: a proposal to rethink economics in the same way as quantum physics. Seems wonky and only merely intentionally provocative at first glance but the idea has some merit. It has to do with the nature of transactions, i.e., the exchange of money, being closer to quantum interactions.
The most basic insight of quantum physics was that matter or energy does not move continuously, but is transmitted in discrete, sudden jumps. Money, of course, is the same – there isn’t a little needle showing the money draining out of your account when you make a payment, it just goes in a single step. And as a Bank of England paper noted in 2015, one reason the money-creation process is hard to accommodate in traditional models is that it works ‘instantaneously and discontinuously’ (their emphasis) rather like the creation of quantum particles out of the void.
The most interesting takeaway, however: on current models, economists don’t think about money!
Economists, it seems, think about money less than most people do: as Mervyn King, the former governor of the Bank of England, observed in 2001: ‘Most economists hold conversations in which the word “money” hardly appears at all.’
Published and maintained by the W3C, the framework for web technology roadmaps is as complete a guide as you’ll ever get to everything going on about the web and the Internet.
…on a cable link that goes from Hong Kong to L.A. Owned by the appropriately named Faster Networks.
AI with 18,000 GPUs develops its own neural networks. The more I read about stuff like this the more I think we’re getting closer to the future of Asimov’s Foundation.
EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger talks about Macron’s proposal to form the United States of Europe.
Way back when before Bitcoin mining soaked up the bulk of spare computing cycles, SETI@Home was the thing. Almost twenty years later, it seems the project is still ongoing.