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🔮 Roundups #40
Room-temp superconductivity, self-destructing cancer cells, nuclear-powered rockets, robots for work and new, open-sourced LLM's
Every Friday I round up 5 technological advancements that give us a Glimpse into the future 🔮 After all, the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.
🔮 Glimpse #1 — Scientists from South Korea have discovered room-temperature superconductivity
Here’s the link to the paper. The tweet below is a thread by Andrew Cote that goes further into explaining the impact of this breakthrough.
The team at Varda Space is trying to replicate the room-temperature semiconductor experiment in the Varda “garage” and live streaming/tweeting the whole thing!
And just for funsies because I literally laughed out loud 😂
🔮 Glimpse #2 — StabilityAI releases SDXL 1.0, FreeWilly1 and 2
Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 is Stability’s answer to Midjourney and…
…their FreeWilly models are two new LLMs that are strong, open source competitors to GPT-3 and GPT-4.
🔮 Glimpse #3 — Researchers have found a way to reprogram cancer cells to self-destruct
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🔮 Glimpse #4 — Robots for work
🔮 Glimpse #5 — Nasa is working toward nuclear powered rockets within 4 years
If you’ve read my article on Helion and their work in nuclear fusion, you’re familiar with the incredible efficiency of nuclear power. Due to weight constraints, we’re limited on the amount of chemical combustion fuel we can bring with us. But since the efficiency per unit of mass is up to 1,000,000x that of fossil fuels, we can send rockets much farther with less fuel. Mars, here we come!
Hope that gave you a little inspiration and wonder as you head into the weekend :)
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