TECH NEWS REVIEW Week 8-15 June 2020, by Stelios Iordanis

The private sector is bound to take over investments in space and it is facilitated by opensource  software technology and free access to scientific discoveries, which are unthinkable conditions, 80 years ago.

PSC combines Cerebras and HPE Superdome Flex for 800,000-core AI supercomputer – DCD

While evolution in desktop and laptop computers, as well as mobile computer devices has reached a plateau, the progress in supercomputers offers new hope for progress of our modern civilization. On the other hand, this concentration of computer power in a few government or corporate hands should worry societies, this is literally a classic case of military rat race which also promotes science, however.


Using supercomputers to knock out drug side effects

Based on these results, the researchers designed new molecules that were shown computationally to cause beneficial changes in cells without unwanted changes. Although these designed molecules are not yet suitable for use as drugs in humans, they represent a crucial first step toward developing side-effect-free drugs.

Today, researchers typically test millions of drug candidates-;first in test tubes, then in animals, and finally in humans-;hoping to find a “magic” molecule that is both effective and safe, meaning that any side effects are tolerable. This massive undertaking typically takes many years and costs billions of dollars, and the resulting drug often still has some frustrating side effects.



Low-Cost Cameras Could Be Sensors to Remotely Monitor Crop Stress | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | NC State University

Low-Cost Cameras Could Be Sensors to Remotely Monitor Crop Stress

Singapore Deploys Robots At Migrant Workers Dormitory To Enforce Social Distancing | Zero Hedge

CV-1984: The Accelerated Rise Of Automated Robots | Zero Hedge

Restaurants Are in Need of a Helping Hand. Miso Robotics Is Offering Them One. Literally.

The robot apocalypse with regard to low paying jobs is escalating every month as the level of determination for reforms and process reeingeneering has reached all time high. The rationale for taxing robot employment, although very hard to quantify and regulate, seems to be the only viable way to maintain a minimum level of social peace in the next decades. However, the human species is also getting liberated from unwanted tasks by everyone.



Nature provides roadmap to potential breakthroughs in solar energy technology

Even solar cells based on paint chips and rust, by switching (from rare Earth metals) to something Earth-abundant like iron could emerge from this breakthrough will lead to more scalable solar energy; however old investments in solar power and assembly line based on the previous solar panel technology will be rendered obsolete. If the companies of the sector do not adapt quickly, there will be a new round of bankruptcies.



How a smartphone coupled with machine learning may become a simple, efficient test for COVID-19 | ZDNet

A smartphone approach could open the way to a very simple diagnostic kit for COVID-19 that could be used on-site, whether in a clinic, a drive-through or pop-up testing facility, or an out-of-the way setting such as a rural location that’s far from a laboratory.

While false positives and negatives as a percentage will not be zero, this is indeed a very positive development.

Archaeology will go through a new renaissance phase due to progress in computer science which has the potential to unearth all remaining historical mysteries by scanning vast surfaces with new hardware. This also means that bad actors could front run the scientists and unearth archaeological treasures with a very low financial risk.