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Jul 19, 2021

Japan Sets New Record for Internet Speed at 319 Terabits per Second

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The basic assumption, and it’s proven to be a good one, is that more people will want to send more stuff over the internet tomorrow, Tuesday, or in ten years. We may not know how many people or what stuff exactly, but growth has generally been a good guess.

To meet tomorrow’s demands, we have to start building a more capable internet today. And by we, I mean researchers in labs around the world. So it is that each year we’re duly notified of a new eye-watering, why-would-we-need-that speed record.

In August of last year, a University College London (UCL) team, set the top mark at 178 terabits per second. Now, a year later, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) say they’ve nearly doubled the record with speeds of 319 terabits per second.

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Jul 19, 2021

Japan sets new Internet speed record: 319 Tbit/s

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Researchers in Tokyo, Japan, have achieved a data rate of 319 terabits per second (Tbit/s) over a distance of 3001 km (1865 mi).

Jul 17, 2021

Facebook AI Releases ‘BlenderBot 2.0’: An Open Source Chatbot That Builds Long-Term Memory And Searches The Internet To Engage In Intelligent Conversations With Users

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

BlenderBot 2.0 is better at conducting more extended, more knowledgeable, and factually consistent conversations over multiple sessions than the existing state-of-the-art chatbot. BlenderBot’s improved conversational abilities have made it a serious contender for artificial intelligence research.

The AI model takes the information it gets from conversations and stores them in long-term memory. The knowledge is stored separately for each person they speak to, which ensures that new information learned in one conversation can’t be used against another.

This model can read and respond in real-time, making it an excellent tool for keeping up with current events. It can scan the internet for new information to have a more up-to-date conversation.

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Jul 17, 2021

California’s ambitious fiber-Internet plan approved unanimously

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CA to build middle-mile network open to all ISPs and give $2B in last-mile grants.

Jul 16, 2021

Google CEO Still Insists AI Revolution Bigger Than Invention of Fire

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Monstrous AI


Pichai suggests the internet and electricity are also small potatoes compared to AI.

Jul 15, 2021

How quantum networking could transform the internet [Status Report]

Posted by in categories: computing, internet, quantum physics

A breakthrough in quantum computing could expose every communications link. The same breakthrough could make everything secure again. What could change everything are all the events in-between.

Jul 14, 2021

Superfluid raises $9M To Build the Real-Time Finance Economy

Posted by in categories: economics, finance, internet

When thinking of the crypto community, or any other movement for that matter, it’s common to think of where it is now. Hundreds of projects, thousands of developers, millions of users. But crypto started, not so long ago, with a nobody, Satoshi Nakamoto.

By building a small, but incredibly dedicated community of supporters, crypto has become an unstoppable force which will define this century, changing the core of our economic system: money itself.

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Jul 14, 2021

Amazon acquires Facebook’s satellite internet team, bolstering its efforts to compete with SpaceX

Posted by in categories: internet, physics, satellites

Amazon acquires Facebook’s Satellite Internet team!

Project Kuiper going strong to compete SpaceX’s StarLink, OneWeb and Telesat.


The deal bolsters Amazon’s $10 billion effort to develop low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites capable of delivering high-speed broadband internet around the globe, while marking the end of Facebook’s ultimately unsuccessful efforts to do the same.

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Jul 12, 2021

The argument for a permanent Olympic City

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment, finance, internet, policy

Olympic stadiums can be costly and wasteful. Some have argued for a single, more sustainable, location that can be used year after year.


The summer Olympics have been a quadrennial tradition ever since the late 1800s—when modern sports and rivalries freshened up the ancient tradition. Since COVID-19 crashed the schedule for last years’ events, now the world is gearing up again for another round of competition in Tokyo.

Transporting athletes and fans from all over the world and to cities hosting the Olympic games comes with a gigantic carbon footprint, for example, the 2021 London Olympics had an estimated footprint of over 400 thousand tons of CO2 emissions. Constantly building brand-new stadiums every few years that often go unused after the games, with very few exceptions, is also extremely wasteful. The 2016 Rio Olympics whipped up a whopping 3.6 million tonnes of carbon when including all that went into infrastructure. Eerie listicles of decaying stadiums, including Rio’s, litter the internet with costly examples of the wasted hundreds of millions of dollars worth of labor and materials that go into just one site.

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Jul 10, 2021

Vote for the President and Board of Directors Space Renaissance

Posted by in categories: economics, government, internet, space

The 2021 Space Renaissance Congress Acta is now online, and the voting session for the new President and Board of Directors is now open.

Dear SRI friends and supporters.

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