This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories on the Web (from 12 September)


artificial intelligence

Microsoft’s updated DeepSpeed ​​can train trillion-parameter AI models with fewer GPUs
Kyle Wiggers | Techcrunch
“DeepSpeed ​​has leveraged three technologies to enable ‘trillion-scale’ model training: data parallel training, model parallel training, and pipeline parallel training. … Thanks to these and other performance improvements, Microsoft That is to say that a trillion-parameter model can be scaled as 800 Nvidia V100 GPUs. ”

Space

NASA wants to buy Moon Rocks from private companies
Lorraine Grush | The ledge
“$ 25,000 may seem like a paltry sum compared to the millions of dollars it takes to send any kind of spacecraft to the moon. But the idea behind the proposal is to make a small first step towards creating a lunar market, which normalizes the concept of purchasing materials excavated from the moon and otherworldly solar systems. Such a purchase would also be the first transaction to divert space-resources from the world. ”

Robotics

Enduril’s new drone offers more AI performance in battle
Will knight | Wired
“AI and the military system are either a perfect match or a terrible idea – depending on who you ask. Many researchers see the military use of AI as deeply troubling and are banning weapons that can act autonomously. … But cutting-edge innovations are being developed at consumer tech companies, and as other countries race to use AI in their extremists, the Pentagon is keen to court tech firms and talent. ”

atmosphere

How to avoid a volcano
Cody Cassidy | Wired
“If you were in Pompeii in 79 CE, you would have tried to get down from the sea or run away. This would be a mistake. But there is a way of protection. … When I emailed Pier Paolo Petrone, a forensic anthropologist at Naples Federico II, when asked if anyone had survived the Pompeian explosion, he wrote back to say that many did. “But probably only those people have taken action. ”

cryptocurrency

North Korean hackers steal billions in cryptocurrencies. How do they turn it into real cash?
Patrick Howell O’Neill | MIT Technology Review
“The United Nations says that these actions bring in vast amounts which are used to develop nuclear weapons that can guarantee long-term survival. But there is a big difference between hacking a cryptocurrency exchange and actually getting your hands on all the cash. … ‘I say laundering is more sophisticated than hack,’ “Christopher Jenczewski, a leading case agent of the IRS specializing in cryptocurrency cases.” ‘

Health

According to experts, humans are living in an ‘edge of Pandemics’ – and Kovid will not become the last.
Gavin Butler | Vice
“Population growth, congestion, human movement and other behaviors that either ‘harm the environment or result in new man-made ecological traces’ all contribute to the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases – which are globalized and socially There is a problem for lagging species. Evolution. ”

Science

Physics and information theory give a glimpse of the origin of life
Natalie Elliott | Aeon
“How did life originate? Scientists have been studying the question for decades, and they have developed simple methods to try to find out. He also lists the most powerful theory of biology in discovery, the Darwinian evolution. But they still do not have a complete answer. What they have killed is the world’s most theoretically fertile dead end. ”

Image Credit: Marta De La Concepcion / Unplash

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