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IEEE Spectrum

Issue 10 • October 2017

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • The mines of mongolia [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Make the web better for everyone [Spectral Lines]

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  • Three advances make magnetic tape more than a memory [News]

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  • A pyrrhic victory for nuclear power [News]

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  • AI versus doctors [News]

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  • Self-driving wheelchairs debut in hospitals and airports [News]

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  • Wearable tech for halloween - The gemma MO's embedded python lets you change your code on the fly [Resources_Tools]

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  • LPPFusion to initiate fusion, the company's desktop device exploits instability [Resources_Startups]

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  • 500 years of humanoid robots automata have been around longer than you think [Resources_Review]

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  • Sputnik at 60 [Numbers Don't Lie]

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  • The dark dialect [Technically Speaking]

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  • The blossoming of the blockchain

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    When bitcoin was unleashed on the world eight years ago, it filled a specific need, for a digital currency that wasn't under anybody's control. But it wasn't long before people realized the technology behind Bitcoin-the blockchain-could do much more than record monetary transactions. That realization has lately blossomed into a dazzling and often bewildering array of startup companies, initiatives... View full abstract»

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  • Blockchains: How they work and why they'll change the world

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    Bitcoin was hatched as an act of defiance. Unleashed in the wake of the Great Recession, the cryptocurrency was touted by its early champions as an antidote to the inequities and corruption of the traditional financial system. They cherished the belief that as this parallel currency took off, it would compete with and ultimately dismantle the institutions that had brought about the crisis. Bitcoin... View full abstract»

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  • Blockchain world - Feeding the blockchain beast if bitcoin ever does go mainstream, the electricity needed to sustain it will be enormous

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    Bitcoin "miners" are electromagnetic alchemists, effectively turning megawatt-hours of electricity into the world's fastest-growing currency. Their intensive computational activity cryptographically secures the virtual currency, approves transactions, and, in the process, creates new bitcoins for the miners, as payment. And it does another thing, too: It uses an absolutely stunning amount of power... View full abstract»

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  • Blockchain world - Do you need a blockchain? This chart will tell you if the technology can solve your problem

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    According to a study released this July by Juniper Research, more than half the world's largest companies are now researching blockchain technologies with the goal of integrating them into their products. Projects are already under way that will disrupt the management of health care records, property titles, supply chains, and even our online identities. But before we remount the entire digital ec... View full abstract»

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  • Wall street occupies the blockchain - Financial firms plan to move trillions in assets to blockchains in 2018

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    WHEN BLOCKCHAINS first appeared nearly a decade ago as the technical backbone of Bitcoin, the world's leading cryptocurrency, they seemed to offer the masses a way to cut out the financial middleman. But now the big banks and other industry players are finding ways to spin the new tool to their advantage. Their blockchains share a vision that is precisely the opposite of the one laid out in the Bi... View full abstract»

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  • The bitcoin mines of China

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    In the dusty, sunbaked land surrounding Ordos, a city in China's Inner Mongolia, sits one of the world's largest bitcoin mines. Encircled by coal-fired power plants, rare earth mineral extraction sites, and the skeletal remains of abandoned, half-constructed housing complexes, the Bitmain Technologies bitcoin mine is evidence of a new economic boom in the area. Every 10 minutes, a new block of dat... View full abstract»

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  • Govern by blockchain dubai wants one platform to rule them all, while Illinois will try anything

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    Governments everywhere would like to cut red tape, reduce bureaucracy, and speed the delivery of services. But constituents are still often frustrated by mounds of paperwork and the snail-like pace of official business. Could a blockchain help? Just as blockchains have shaken up the financial industry and changed our perception of money, some government agencies now believe the technology could re... View full abstract»

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  • Energy trading for fun and profit buy your neighbor's rooftop solar power or sell your own-it'll all be on a blockchain

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    Would you pay slightly more for your electricity if you knew it was sourced from photovoltaic panels on your neighbor's roof? Or, if you are that neighbor, would you use your solar power to charge a battery and dump that energy back onto the grid at peak hours, when the price was highest? The answers to these questions-which depend on how people would behave in an open energy market-are unknown, b... View full abstract»

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  • Memory for the moon [Past Forward]

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