Broadband and Solar Power for the Underserved via the Blockchain

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A Virtual Conversation with Jane Coffin and Ashley Taylor live at Ignite U NY, moderated by David Solomonoff

Sponsored by Zoetic Networks

Jane Coffin is Director of Development Strategy at the Internet Society (ISOC). Previously she worked at Office of International Affairs at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration – U.S. Department of Commerce, on USAID projects in Moldova and Armenia and at AT&T as a Director of International Affairs/Government Affairs.

Her current focus at ISOC is bringing broadband access to underserved areas via wireless community networks.

Ashley Taylor is Community Microgrid Specialist at L03 Energy, who have developed an Ethereum-based blockchain platform to exchange credits for power and bandwidth on solar microgrids and wireless networks. She is also co-founder of Future Culture, a nonprofit empowering communities through development of fair and cooperative systems via blockchain technologies.

David Solomonoff is the CEO of Zoetic Networks, which empowers people to understand and take control of the technologies they use. He is the former President of the New York Chapter of the Internet Society.

Agenda:

  • Intros and overviews of the Internet Society, L03 Energy and Future Culture
  • Open-ended discussion about the Internet Society’s wireless broadband initiatives in underserved areas – and explore ways in which L03 Energy and Future Culture could have a role
  • Business and investment opportunities for community networks and microgrids
  • Q&A

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP David Solomonoff (email below) to receive a link to the Zoom conference URL if you would like to watch and/or participate in the Q&A at the end remotely.

It will be recorded and released as the first Zoetic Telegram podcast.

IgniteU NY is an independent program to develop the entrepreneurs of New York State, providing a collaborative work environment, advice from experienced mentors, education to hone skills needed for a startup, and networking opportunities.

Time: Thursday, July 27 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Location: 333 Broadway, Third Floor, Suite 350, Troy, NY 12180

Contact: David Solomonoff, [email protected]

FarmBot v1.1 open­ source farming machine and software

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FarmBot is an open­ source and scalable automated precision farming machine and software package designed from the ground up with today’s
technologies. Similar to today’s 3D printers and CNC milling machines, FarmBot hardware employs linear guides in the X, Y, and Z directions that
allow for tooling such as plows, seed injectors, watering nozzles, and sensors, to be precisely positioned and used on the plants and soil.

Using the open­ source web-­based software package, the user can graphically design their farm to their desired specifications and upload numerical control code to the hardware.

The vision of this project is to create an open and accessible technology aiding everyone to grow food and to grow food for everyone.

Source: Announcing FarmBot v1.1 | FarmBot

China Restricts Gold Importation, Increasing Bitcoin Demand

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Over the past few months, the Chinese central bank and government have imposed heavy financial regulations for capital controls, cracking down on Wealth Management Products (WMPs), foreign investment and the transfer of money.

The latest strategy implemented to prevent the devaluation of yuan is the restriction of the importation of gold.

China has a large over-the-counter market for Bitcoin, primarily due to the large population of Bitcoin miners. Since the direct trading of Bitcoin between two parties in the absence of a moderator or a third party institution is exempted from money transmission regulations, Bitcoin could be seen as a viable method of investment and wealth protection for most companies and investors in China.

 

Source: China Restricts Gold Importation, Increasing Bitcoin Demand

MobilityFirst Future Internet Architecture Project

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The Internet is approaching an historic inflection point, with mobile platforms and applications poised to replace the fixed-host/server model that has dominated the Internet since its inception.

The major design goals of our proposed architecture are: mobility as the norm with dynamic host and network mobility at scale; robustness with respect to intrinsic properties of wireless medium; trustworthiness in the form of enhanced security and privacy for both mobile networks and wired infrastructure; usability features such as support for context-aware pervasive mobile services, evolvable network services, manageability and economic viability. The design is also informed by technology factors such as radio spectrum scarcity, wired bandwidth abundance, continuing Moore’s law improvements to computing, and energy constraints in mobile and sensor devices.

 

 

The key components of the MobilityFirst network architecture are: (1) separation of naming and addressing, implemented via a fast global dynamic name resolution service; (2) self-certifying public key network addresses to support strong authentication and security; (3) generalized delay-tolerant routing with in-network storage for packets in transit; (4) flat-label internetwork routing with public key addresses; (5) hop-by-hop transport protocols operating over path segments rather than an end-end path; (6) a separate network management plane that provides enhanced visibility; (7) optional privacy features for user and location data; and (8) an integrated computing and storage layer at routers to support programmability and evolution of enhanced network services.

Source: MobilityFirst FIA Overview

New technique improves carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices

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Superlattices are currently used as state of the art high-frequency oscillators and amplifiers and are beginning to find use in optoelectronics as detectors and emitters in the terahertz regime …. can be tuned over a much wider range to create devices which operate in regimes where conventional devices cannot.

A schematic atomic diagram of a quantum well made from amorphous carbon layers. The blue atoms represent amorphous carbon with a high percentage of diamond-like carbon. The maroon atoms represent amorphous carbon which is graphite-like. The diamond-like regions have a high potential (diamond is insulating) while the graphite-like regions are more metallic. This creates a quantum well as electrons

The lack of terahertz emitters and detectors has resulted in a gap in that region of the electromagnetic spectrum (known as the “terahertz gap”), which is a significant limitation, as many biological molecules are active in this regime. This also limits terahertz radio astronomy.

Amorphous Carbon devices are extremely strong, can operate at high voltages and can be developed in most laboratories in the world, without sophisticated nanofabrication facilities …. could find application in biology, space technology, science infrastructure such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope in South Africa, and new microwave detectors.

Source: 2016-10 – Wits researchers find techniques to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices – Wits University

Add Data To Your Shipping Suspicions With This Datalogger #SupplyChains

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Interesting possibilities for monitoring many types of supply chains:

One only has to ship one or two things via a container, receiving them strangely damaged on the other end, before you start to wonder about your shipper. Did they open this box and sort of stomp around a bit? Did I perhaps accidentally contract a submarine instead of a boat? Did they take a detour past the sun? How could this possibly have melted?

[Jesus Echavarria]‘s friend had similar fears and suspicions about a box he is going to have shipped from Spain to China. So [Jesus] got to work and built this nice datalogger to discover the truth

 

Source: Add Data To Your Shipping Suspicions With This Power-Sipping Datalogger | Hackaday

Now you see it, now you don’t: #CloakingDevice preventing cross-talk between components enables powerful #PhotonicComputers

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University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon and his team have developed a cloaking device for microscopic photonic integrated devices — the building blocks of photonic computer chips that run on light instead of electrical current — in an effort to make future chips smaller, faster and consume much less power.

Menon’s discovery was published online Wednesday in the latest edition of the science journal, Nature Communications. The paper was co-written by University of Utah doctoral student Bing Shen and Randy Polson, senior optical engineer in the U’s Utah Nanofab.

PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon (pictured) and his team have developed a cloaking device for microscopic photonic integrated devices — the building blocks of photonic computer chips that run on light instead of electrical current — in an effort to make future chips smaller, faster and consume much less power.

The future of computers, data centers and mobile devices will involve photonic chips in which data is shuttled around and processed as light photons instead of electrons. The advantages of photonic chips over today’s silicon-based chips are they will be much faster and consume less power and therefore give off less heat. And inside each chip are potentially billions of photonic devices, each with a specific function in much the same way that billions of transistors have different functions inside today’s silicon chips. For example, one group of devices would perform calculations, another would perform certain processing, and so on.

The problem, however, is if two of these photonic devices are too close to each other, they will not work because the light leakage between them will cause “crosstalk” much like radio interference. If they are spaced far apart to solve this problem, you end up with a chip that is much too large.

So Menon and his team discovered you can put a special nanopatterened silicon-based barrier in between two of the photonic devices, which acts like a “cloak” and tricks one device from not seeing the other.

“The principle we are using is similar to that of the Harry Potter invisibility cloak,” Menon says.

Source: Now you see it, now you don’t | UNews

DIY networking: The path to a more democratic internet

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DIY community networks have been also used as social tools to reconnect citizens. The Sarantaporo.gr initiative in Greece has provided a community solution for affordable internet access, but it’s also a revolutionary model for building networking infrastructure.

Source: DIY networking: The path to a more democratic internet | P2P Foundation