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Oct 14, 2018

SpaceX board member says Starlink prototype satellites “are working wonderfully”

Posted by in categories: innovation, satellites

Speaking in a Satellite Innovation 2018 keynote, long-time SpaceX investor and board member Steve Jurvetson made a quiet but significant comment about the company’s Starlink satellite constellation efforts, stating that the first two prototype spacecraft – currently in orbit – “are working wonderfully.”

Standing in contrast to recent speculation that SpaceX’s Starlink project had experienced major failures with on-orbit hardware, Jurvetson may be a biased source but still has a major vested interest in SpaceX’s long-term success – supporting billions dumped into a satellite constellation with no real returns in sight would serve to seriously harm his significant investments in the company.

He would say that? Maybe, but @dfjsteve Jurvetson, early @SpaceX & @planet investor, told Satellite Innovation conference Oct 10, regarding SpaceX’s two Starlink test sats launched in February: pic.twitter.com/WHzJlPUEPA

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Oct 13, 2018

This is how Tokyo will use technology to transform the 2020 Olympics

Posted by in category: innovation

A gold medal for innovation.

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Oct 9, 2018

Why China is going all out to invent new, stronger, cheaper drugs … it’s not all about challenging the West

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

In the United States – the world’s biggest and most advanced pharmaceutical market – of the 46 new drugs given consent for marketing by regulators last year, 28 were developed by US firms and the realisation of all but four of the rest were led by European firms. None were Chinese.


China’s big ambitions to become a powerhouse of pharmaceutical innovation is as much about the well-being of its people as it is about narrowing the gap with the West.

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Oct 7, 2018

Ric Edelman: Bitcoin will be an asset class

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, finance, government, innovation

Kudos to WallStreet analyst and advisor, Ric Edelman. He drank the Kool-Aid, he understands a profound sea change, and he sees the ducks starting to line up.

Check out the clearly articulated interview, below, with Bob Pisani at the New York Stock Exchange and legendary Wall Street advisor, Ric Edelman, (Not my term…That’s what CNBC anchor, Melissa Lee, calls him). Read between the lines, especially the last words in the video, below.

Ric Edleman has just joined Bitwise as both investor and advisor. This lends credibility and gravitas to the organization that created the world’s first cryptocurrency index fund. Bitwise benefits from Edelman’s affiliation, because the US has been slow (some would say “cautious”) in recognizing the facts on the ground: Cryptocurrency is already an asset class.

Edelman fully embraces a strong future for Bitcoin—not just as a currency or payment instrument, but as a legal and recognized asset class; one that is at the starting line of a wide open racetrack. He explains that the SEC sets a high bar for offering a Bitcoin ETF, but that this will be achieved. It will pave the way for large institutions, pension funds, etc to allocate a portion of money under management for blockchain products.

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Oct 7, 2018

“This is some of the most important innovation to improve Bitcoin resilience and censorship resistance” -@remyers_ @SamouraiWallet announce #TxTenna at #HCCP18!

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, innovation

Visit tomorrow to download the app. Watch the full presentation: https://youtu.be/JVhYulwDBmI

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Sep 25, 2018

Disruption Experience Nails It

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, education, finance, innovation, internet, policy, robotics/AI

The Disruption Experience this Friday in Singapore is a blockchain event with a difference. With apologies to the Buick commercial, this is not your grandfather’s conference

I know a few things about blockchain conferences. I produced and hosted the first Bitcoin Event in New York. My organization develops cryptocurrency standards and practices. We help banks and governments create policy and services. And as public speaker for a standards organization, I have delivered keynote presentations at conferences and Expos in Dubai, Gujarat India, Montreal and Tampa, New York and Boston.

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Sep 24, 2018

Dream realized

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Ivanka’s visit to NASA.


Great day at @nasa’s Johnson Space Center with Administrator @jimbridenstine checking out new tech + innovations and meeting with students, our future scientists and astronauts, who will bring us back to the moon 🌙 🚀.

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Sep 20, 2018

Quick and not-so-dirty: A rapid nano-filter for clean water

Posted by in categories: innovation, nanotechnology

Australian researchers have designed a rapid nano-filter that can clean dirty water over 100 times faster than current technology.

Simple to make and simple to scale up, the technology harnesses naturally occurring nano-structures that grow on .

The RMIT University and University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers behind the innovation have shown it can filter both heavy metals and oils from water at extraordinary speed.

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Sep 8, 2018

A 50-year-old NASA invention that could kill cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

This 50-year-old NASA invention could kill cancer (via The Verge)

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Sep 8, 2018

DARPA Plans To Spend $2 Billion Developing New AI Technologies

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that it plans to spend $2 billion on developing new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies as part of a campaign called “AI Next”. The money will be used to fund new and existing research programs at DARPA.


The US Department of Defense’s innovation agency is focusing on pushing beyond second-wave machine learning techniques towards contextual reasoning capabilities.

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