Friday Five for June 16th, 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 at 14:11

US Gov't Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing

With China threatening to build the world's first exascale supercomputer before the US, the US Department of Energy has awarded a research grant to Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop an exascale supercomputer reference design based on technology gleaned from The Machine, a project that aims to "reinvent the fundamental architecture of computing."
The DoE historically operated most of the world's top supercomputers, but in recent years China has taken over in dramatic fashion. China's top supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, currently has five times the peak performance (93 petaflops) of Oak Ridge's Tital (18 petaflops). The US has gesticulated grandiosely about retaking the supercomputing crown with an exascale (1,000 petaflops, 1 exaflops) supercomputer that would be operational by 2021ish, but China is seemingly forging ahead at a much faster clip: in January, China's national supercomputer centre said it would have a prototype exascale computer built by the end of 2017 and operational by 2020.
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In the end, Skynet always wins.

This Filmmaker Installed a Video Camera Into His Right Eye Socket

A gun accident left Rob Spence blind in one eye as a kid. So he put a working camera there.
Privacy concerns have swirled around wearable devices that record what the wearer sees, like Google Glass. Spence said his project isn't comparable, since he can't use his camera for a long time and a red LED light alerts others when he's recording. Still, he gets defensive when asked about the ethical boundaries of recording people without their permission. 
"There is a competing tension between my right to replace my eye that I lost versus others' rights to privacy," he said. "Am I not allowed to put an eye camera in my own body?"
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Eye see you.

A Former Australian Plumber Just Invented a $179 Earpiece That Can Translate 8 Languages In Real-Time Using IBM Watson

An Australian startup revealed its flagship product, an earpiece that can interpret 8 different languages in real-time, at a United Nations event in Switzerland on Friday. Lingmo International, a startup based in West Gosford north of Sydney, launched its TranslateOne2One earpiece at the UN’s Artificial Intelligence for Good Summit in Geneva, revealing that IBM Watson machine learning technology had been used for its algorithms.
Traditionally, converting one language to another orally in real-time is called "interpreting" whereas the term "translation" is reserved for processing text across languages with some delay. Lingmo founder Danny May, however, describes his product as performing “translation in real-time”. “It’s a fully independent translation earpiece. And what I mean by independent is that it doesn’t require any connectivity to your phone by Bluetooth or wi-fi. A lot of our competitors do,” he told Business Insider.
TranslateOne2One can handle English (US and UK), Japanese, French, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, German and Portuguese.
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Undenkbar, incroyable, fantástico, maravilhoso, impressionante!

Multi-million Dollar Upgrade Planned to Secure 'Failsafe' Arctic Seed Vault

The Global Seed Vault, built in the Arctic as an impregnable deep freeze for the world's most precious food seeds, is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade after water from melting permafrost flooded its access tunnel.
No seeds were damaged but the incident undermined the original belief that the vault would be a "failsafe" facility, securing the world's food supply forever. Now the Norwegian government, which owns the vault, has committed $4.4m to improvements.
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How to Track What Congress Is Doing on the Internet

There's now a way to track what government employees, including elected officials, are doing online during working hours.
A new plugin created by a software engineering in North Carolina lets website administrators monitor when someone accesses their site from an IP address associated with the federal government. It was created in part to protest a piece of legislation the president signed earlier this year.
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Bonus (unrelated) Video:
HD fly-by of Jupiter.