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The ANA Avatar XPRIZE website's home page

Peter Diamandis, Executive Chairman of XPRIZE, announced the start of a new initiative called ANA Avatar XPRIZE with the aim of developing avatars. A competition that will last four years with a prize of $10 millions offering teams all over the world the chance to develop robotic systems that can’t only move but also transmit visual and auditory sensations interacting with the environment and other people like if the user was on site.

Peter Diamandis and Bob Hariri (Photo courtesy Elizabeth Lippman / Celularity. All rights reserved)

Celularity, a biotechnology company specializing in the development of tissue regeneration solutions thanks to the allogeneic transplantation of stem cells, stated it received $250 million in funding. The company founded in September 2017 by Bob Hariri, also its CEO, and Peter Diamandis, received funding from pharmaceutical companies such as Celgene and Sorrento Therapeutics, from the biotechnology sector such as United Therapeutics Corporation and by Human Longevity Inc., another research company in the field of longevity with the same two founders.

Brisbane City Flood 2013 (Photo ShepsSnaps)

An article published in the journal “Computers & Geosciences” describes a research into the possibilities of combining artificial intelligence, Twitter and what is called citizen science to create early warning systems for flood-prone communities. A team of researchers from the British University of Dundee led by Roger Wang worked to create solutions that can detect as quickly as possible the first signs of danger to activate countermeasures.

IBM 50-qubit system (Photo courtesy IBM)

IBM has announced the company’s progress in the field of quantum computing. A 20-qubit processor will be available in commercial systems with offerings within its specific IBM Q quantum systems program. Customers will be able to access its services via cloud and develop applications using the QISKit project, an open source development kit to program on quantum computers. IBM also announced the creation of a quantum processor prototype with 50 qubits.

The Hi-SEAS V mission crew (Photo courtesy Hi-SEAS)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 the Hi-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) V mission ended. It’s a simulation of a Mars mission conducted on the slopes of the volcano Mauna Loa. Six people spent 8 months in conditions similar to those the astronauts would face on Mars with a dome-shaped habitat as their home.