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Hubble Uncovers Black Hole that Shouldn't Exist - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/cbyhcl/hubble_uncovers_black_hole_that_shouldnt_exist/ India Launches Mission To The Moon In Bid To Land At The Lunar South Pole. - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/cgawyl/india_launches_mission_to_the_moon_in_bid_to_land/ A large asteroid zipped between Earth and the Moon this morning. Astronomers missed the asteroid until it was nearly on top of them, but the space rock has already passed harmlessly by. - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/chthtf/a_large_asteroid_zipped_between_earth_and_the/ NASA shuts off heating system for Voyager 2's cosmic ray instrument. The instrument is still functioning for now, despite working at -74°F, which is some 25 degrees colder than it was tested for. The spacecraft was launched in 1977 and is operating at more than 11 billion miles (120 AU) from Earth. - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/cbnhai/nasa_shuts_off_heating_system_for_voyager_2s/ Inside Starshot, the audacious plan to shoot tiny ships to Alpha Centauri: Plan to build a laser so powerful that it could accelerate tiny spacecraft to 20% of the speed of light, getting them to Alpha Centauri in just 20 years. We could become interstellar explorers within a single generation. - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/cajxen/inside_starshot_the_audacious_plan_to_shoot_tiny/ American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts. Becoming an astronaut ranked last among five professions. Only in China did children have a clear preference for being an astronaut—or rather, a taikonaut—and had higher expectations for human settlement of space in the decades to come. - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/cdxqob/american_kids_would_much_rather_be_youtubers_than/ Buzz Aldrin: Stephen Hawking Said We Should 'Colonize the Moon' Before Mars - “since that time I realised there are so many things we need to do before we send people to Mars and the Moon is absolutely the best place to do that.” - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/c7ra2v/buzz_aldrin_stephen_hawking_said_we_should/ This is what Earth looks like from 1.5 billion kilometers away; the Cassini spacecraft spots a pale blue dot beneath Saturn's rings. - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/ciydrk/this_is_what_earth_looks_like_from_15_billion/ Jupiter's Auroras captured by the Hubble Telescope - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/cg5wcj/jupiters_auroras_captured_by_the_hubble_telescope/ The Northern Lights as seen from the ISS - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/cadm75/the_northern_lights_as_seen_from_the_iss/ Shockwave On the Sun Following a Solar Flare - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/c76h7e/shockwave_on_the_sun_following_a_solar_flare/ Curiosity rover snaps spectacular Mars panorama - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/cd2iwh/curiosity_rover_snaps_spectacular_mars_panorama/ Bill Gates says Steve Jobs was a master at ‘casting spells’ to keep Apple from dying - technology https://www.reddit.com/technology/comments/caca7u/bill_gates_says_steve_jobs_was_a_master_at/ Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Says Elizabeth Warren Is "Dangerous;" Warren Responds: ‘Good’ – TechCrunch - technology https://www.reddit.com/technology/comments/ced104/tech_billionaire_peter_thiel_says_elizabeth/ Ebooks Purchased From Microsoft Will Be Deleted This Month Because You Don't Really Own Anything Anymore - technology https://www.reddit.com/technology/comments/c7rblebooks_purchased_from_microsoft_will_be_deleted/ Voting Machine Makers Claim The Names Of The Entities That Own Them Are Trade Secrets - technology https://www.reddit.com/technology/comments/cbj86w/voting_machine_makers_claim_the_names_of_the/ Former Tesla employee admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud - Tesla believes he stole company trade secrets and took them to Chinese startup, Xiaopeng Motors - technology https://www.reddit.com/technology/comments/cbuwci/former_tesla_employee_admits_uploading_autopilot/ Jeff Bezos Says We're Destroying Earth, but Amazon Is the Slowest Tech Giant to Go Green - technology https://www.reddit.com/technology/comments/cfltd2/jeff_bezos_says_were_destroying_earth_but_amazon/ Elon Musk says SpaceX could land on the moon in 2 years. A NASA executive says 'we'll partner with them, and we'll get there faster' if the company can pull it off. - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/cj4f7t/elon_musk_says_spacex_could_land_on_the_moon_in_2/ An economic indicator that has predicted every major recession since the 1960s is sending another warning. It’s called the U.S. Treasury yield curve and, when inverted, is considered to be the most reliable indicator of an upcoming recession. - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/c9w72l/an_economic_indicator_that_has_predicted_every/ Elon Musk Proposes a Controversial Plan to Speed Up Spaceflight to Mars - Soar to Mars in just 100 days. Nuclear thermal rockets would be “a great area of research for NASA,” as an alternative to rocket fuel, and could unlock faster travel times around the solar system. - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/chnqgelon_musk_proposes_a_controversial_plan_to_speed/ NASA is planning to visit an asteroid made of gold and other precious metals worth $700 quintillion - enough to give everyone on the planet $93 billion. - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/cg1jow/nasa_is_planning_to_visit_an_asteroid_made_of/ Elon Musk says a 'massive effort' is required to get Tesla driverless cars to '99.9999%' safety - “Intersections with complex traffic lights & shopping mall parking lots are the two biggest software challenges” - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/cakswl/elon_musk_says_a_massive_effort_is_required_to/ Elon Musk Says We Can Land on the Moon in Less Than 2 Years - “If it were to take longer to convince NASA and the authorities that we can do it versus just doing it, then we might just do it. It may literally be easier to just land Starship on the moon than try to convince NASA that we can.” - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/ceschm/elon_musk_says_we_can_land_on_the_moon_in_less/ Researchers in Spain and U.S. have announced they've discovered a new property of light -- "self-torque." Their experiment fired two lasers, slightly out of sync, at a cloud of argon gas resulting in a corkscrew beam with a gradually changing twist. They say this had never been predicted before. - science https://www.reddit.com/science/comments/c7ailv/researchers_in_spain_and_us_have_announced_theyve/ Official Discussion: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood [SPOILERS] - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/chmknk/official_discussion_once_upon_a_time_in_hollywood/?sort=top Netflix’s Market Value Drops $26 Billion In A Week; Founder’s Net Worth Falls In Tandem - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/chjz0u/netflixs_market_value_drops_26_billion_in_a_week/ Why Does Hollywood Keep Falling Into The Uncanny Valley? - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cfzci0/why_does_hollywood_keep_falling_into_the_uncanny/ Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion in 2009, a decade later it's made more than $18 billion at the global box office - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cg3dhn/disney_bought_marvel_for_4_billion_in_2009_a/ Bring Back Hand-Drawn Disney Animation - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cgv7lf/bring_back_handdrawn_disney_animation/ "The 100 Best Movies of the 2010s" for Indiewire - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cgdbul/the_100_best_movies_of_the_2010s_for_indiewire/ Official Discussion: The Lion King (2019) [SPOILERS] - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cew5fw/official_discussion_the_lion_king_2019_spoilers/?sort=top James Cameron congratulates Avengers: Endgame on becoming the biggest film of all time - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cgbt3j/james_cameron_congratulates_avengers_endgame_on/ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Finally Conquers King of The World James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ To Becoming The Highest Grossing Film Of All-Time - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cft2io/avengers_endgame_finally_conquers_king_of_the/ [WW]‘Avengers: Endgame’ Finally Conquers King of The World James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ To Becoming The Highest Grossing Film Of All-Time - boxoffice https://www.reddit.com/boxoffice/comments/cft1uy/wwavengers_endgame_finally_conquers_king_of_the/ Box Office Week: The Lion King (2019) opens to a massive $185M domestic and $531M worldwide. It's a great weekend for Disney as now Avengers: Endgame has officially passed Avatar at the highest grossing film worldwide with $2.79B. - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cgelxq/box_office_week_the_lion_king_2019_opens_to_a/ Box Office Week: Spider-man: Far From Home is #1 again with $45.3M, rocketing past $840M worldwide in two weeks. Crawl manages a solid debut at #3 with $12M. Stuber bombs at #4 with $8M. The Farewell has the best limited opening of the year, opening in 4 theaters with $351.3K. - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cde1ve/box_office_week_spiderman_far_from_home_is_1/ Box Office Week: Spider-Man: Far From Home opens to an excellent $185M domestic and $580M worldwide on the July 4th holiday weekend while Midsommar opens weak at #6 with $10.6M. - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/cakttu/box_office_week_spiderman_far_from_home_opens_to/ Box Office Week: Toy Story 4 is #1 again with $57.9M, almost passing $500M worldwide. Annabelle Comes Home has the worst opening of the Conjuring franchise with $20.3M at #2. Yesterday opens well at #3 with $17M at #3. - movies https://www.reddit.com/movies/comments/c7s4cm/box_office_week_toy_story_4_is_1_again_with_579m/ hi, I am a songwriter who makes punk and alternative music. I bought my own reddit ads to promote my Soundcloud and try and get my music heard. it'd mean a lot if you checked it out and let me know what you think. thank you, have a nice day. - uImbred- https://www.reddit.com/comments/bcmuy9/hi_i_am_a_songwriter_who_makes_punk_and/ A City that Stretches to the Moon, 流感中, Digital, 2018 - Art https://www.reddit.com/Art/comments/c3wf8v/a_city_that_stretches_to_the_moon%E6%B5%81%E6%84%9F%E4%B8%AD_digital_2018/ Just a father and son, using VR headsets, while waiting for their Tesla to charge. - pics https://www.reddit.com/pics/comments/c7be04/just_a_father_and_son_using_vr_headsets_while/ Congratulations to 15 yr old Cori “Coco” Gauff, who after becoming the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon, defeated her idol Venus Williams today to become the youngest player since 1991 to win in the first round of women’s singles. What an incredible story. - pics https://www.reddit.com/pics/comments/c82b9z/congratulations_to_15_yr_old_cori_coco_gauff_who/ Hi Reddit! We’re the team behind Microsoft Edge and we’re excited to answer your questions about the latest preview builds of Microsoft Edge. We’ve been working hard and we can’t wait to hear what you think. Ask us anything! - IAmA https://www.reddit.com/IAmA/comments/c094uf/hi_reddit_were_the_team_behind_microsoft_edge_and/ I made a free alternative to Photoshop, that is used by 3 millions of people. Ask me Anything! - IAmA https://www.reddit.com/IAmA/comments/c8ru2y/i_made_a_free_alternative_to_photoshop_that_is/ Exercise, Brasenia 1, Digital, 2019 - Art https://www.reddit.com/Art/comments/bek15exercise_brasenia_1_digital_2019/ Somewhere in Switzerland - pics https://www.reddit.com/pics/comments/be6dkg/somewhere_in_switzerland/ My friend and I walked around the city after it rained looking for puddles. Here's what I captured. - pics https://www.reddit.com/pics/comments/bdsqz3/my_friend_and_i_walked_around_the_city_after_it/ 567 years ago Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest polymaths, was born - europe https://www.reddit.com/europe/comments/bdcn7k/567_years_ago_leonardo_da_vinci_one_of_the/ Damage done by the Notre Dame fire - europe https://www.reddit.com/europe/comments/bdviny/damage_done_by_the_notre_dame_fire/ The first victim of Article 13: "Never Gonna Give You Up" is not available in EU countries. - europe https://www.reddit.com/europe/comments/bex728/the_first_victim_of_article_13_never_gonna_give/ Notre Dame is on fire. - europe https://www.reddit.com/europe/comments/bdil88/notre_dame_is_on_fire/ Itachi > Billie Eilish any day - BlackPeopleTwitter https://www.reddit.com/BlackPeopleTwittecomments/bekivp/itachi_billie_eilish_any_day/ Oh how the turn tables - BlackPeopleTwitter https://www.reddit.com/BlackPeopleTwittecomments/be7jf3/oh_how_the_turn_tables/ Finally finding a skin tone Band-Aid - BlackPeopleTwitter https://www.reddit.com/BlackPeopleTwittecomments/bfbsa8/finally_finding_a_skin_tone_bandaid/ Light-time - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bdee5u/lighttime/ I just realised that the photo of the black hole is what it looked like 55 million years ago not what it looks like today - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bbw6d6/i_just_realised_that_the_photo_of_the_black_hole/ If we were able to look at a black hole from different orientations we would be able to see light even from parts of the accretion disc behind the black hole as they are lensed above and below the shadow region [Credits: L. R. Weih & L. Rezzolla of Goethe University, Frankfurt] - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bbs1l3/if_we_were_able_to_look_at_a_black_hole_from/ Powehi: black hole gets a name meaning 'the adorned fathomless dark creation' - Language professor in Hawaii comes up with name welcomed by scientists who captured first image of galactic phenomenon - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bccxc5/powehi_black_hole_gets_a_name_meaning_the_adorned/ How to Understand the Image of a Black Hole - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bb7q2o/how_to_understand_the_image_of_a_black_hole/ The M87 black hole image was an incredible feat of data management. One cool fact: They carried 1,000 pounds of hard drives on airplanes because there was too much to send over the internet! - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bcs2mthe_m87_black_hole_image_was_an_incredible_feat/ High resolution Falcon Heavy thrusters - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bd1k8q/high_resolution_falcon_heavy_thrusters/ MIT grad Katie Bouman, 29, is the researcher who led the creation of a new algorithm that produced the first-ever image of a black hole - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bbr85mit_grad_katie_bouman_29_is_the_researcher_who/ For those confused about the orientation of the M87 black hole photograph. - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bc343for_those_confused_about_the_orientation_of_the/ Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole - space https://www.reddit.com/space/comments/bblt4f/astronomers_capture_first_image_of_a_black_hole/ Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself: Tokyo is a stunning metropolis home to more than 37 million people, yet it remains one of the world’s wealthiest, safest, and most creative urban centers - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/bcghxp/tokyo_became_a_megacity_by_reinventing_itself/ Why are we so bad at planning cities? From cul-de-sacs to retail parks, Britain’s planning rules cause environments that are bewildering, illogical and ugly. We have forgotten that urban areas are grown - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/bbwt1b/why_are_we_so_bad_at_planning_cities_from/ China who is the largest market for computer hardware says it wants to eliminate bitcoin mining. They believe it is unsafe, wasts resources and pollutes the environment. - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/bb5f7q/china_who_is_the_largest_market_for_compute Landing three boosters within two minutes of each other, one on a droneship in the ocean, is about as futuristic as private space tech would have ever been imagined just two decades ago. - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/bc863m/landing_three_boosters_within_two_minutes_of_each/ Falcon Heavy's boosters landing in Cape Canaveral - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/bcp1bp/falcon_heavys_boosters_landing_in_cape_canaveral/ First photo of a black hole in the heart of the M87 galaxy taken by the Event Horizon Telescope - Futurology https://www.reddit.com/Futurology/comments/bbly5z/first_photo_of_a_black_hole_in_the_heart_of_the/ Trump vowed to eliminate the debt in 8 years. He’s on track to leave it at least 50 percent higher. - Economics https://www.reddit.com/Economics/comments/bcevys/trump_vowed_to_eliminate_the_debt_in_8_years_hes/ Suicidal behavior has nearly doubled among children aged 5 to 18, with suicidal thoughts and attempts leading to more than 1.1 million ER visits in 2015 -- up from about 580,000 in 2007, according to an analysis of U.S. data. - science https://www.reddit.com/science/comments/bb0gr6/suicidal_behavior_has_nearly_doubled_among/ The first picture of a black hole opens a new era of astrophysics. The supermassive beast lies in a galaxy called M87 more than 50 million light-years away - science https://www.reddit.com/science/comments/bblu6v/the_first_picture_of_a_black_hole_opens_a_new_era/ Tiger Woods Wins 5th Masters Title; First Major Victory Since 2008 - sports https://www.reddit.com/sports/comments/bd5ssl/tiger_woods_wins_5th_masters_title_first_majo How Newt Gingrich Destroyed American Politics - The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/newt-gingrich-says-youre-welcome/570832/ Polarization in Poland: A Warning From Europe - The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/10/poland-polarization/568324/ The Meteorite Hunters Who Descended on the Carancas Fall | WIRED https://www.wired.com/story/scramble-claim-worlds-most-coveted-meteorite/ Charles Duhigg: Why Is America So Angry? - The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/charles-duhigg-american-ange576424/
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Nano #Ama on Binance Spanish telegram group!!

Regards!! I'm Jesús Zambrano, member of the Hispanic community of NANO for a long time. Last thursday, we had an interesting and enjoying Ask-me-anything at Binance Spanish community on telegram with the people behind NANO, Colin LeMahieu (Founder and Executive Director) and Zach Hyatt (Proyect Manager), where we take advantage of their kindness and willingness to ask them some questions and share opinions about de currency. I will share a compilation of some of the questions and answers.
-(Admin) ¡Welcome Binancians to our following AMA!
I will explain how AMA works; we will have three (3) segments.
Segment #1: I am going to ask to our guests five (5) questions and then they will answer them.
I will be explaining the rest of the segments as we conclude one of them.
-(Admin) Today we have the great pleasure of having Colin (Founder and Executive Director) and Zach (Project Manager) with us in our chat room. Could you give us a little introduction about you?
- (Zach) Hi everyone, I am Zach Hyatt, the Project Manager at the Nano Foundation and am excited to help answer questions about Nano. I live in Austin, TX where it is quite hot right now!
-(Colin) I’m Colin LeMahieu, founder of Nano. I’m a computer engineer and I’ve worked at companies like Qualcomm, Dell, and AMD. I have been working on Nano for about 5 years now and I’m really excited to talk with people who are interested as well!
-(Admin) It is a pleasure for us to have you here, I have to say that on a personal level, I have been a follower of the project for a long time now, so it is incredible for me to be able to count on you tonight, we will start with segment # 1, with the questions I have for you.
Feeless transactions and in record time! What is NANO? Can you give us an introduction to the project?
-(Colin) Nano’s goal is to solve problems with other cryptocurrencies and make sending value fast and fee-less. It has a unique design to allow us to accomplish this. We want people to have the option of using decentralized digital money instead of fiat money anywhere in the world. Nano is accessible and easy-to-use today and we plan on keeping it focused on these goals.
-(Admin) Thank you for answering my first question, I am delighted with the features offered by the project, every week they are updating and making important changes that help to improve the ecosystem that surrounds the team.
Here you can find all the weekly updates: https://nano.org/en
Previously the project was called RaiBlocks, it appeared for the first time in an ad in Bitcoin Talk in 2015. Can you tell us why a name change came up later?
-(Zach) Yeah, absolutely. Although the original RaiBlocks name has a special place in our history, it was difficult to pronounce in some areas of the world and caused confusion with certain users. We decided to move to a shorter name that not only was easy to pronounce but also reflected the fast, efficient nature of the protocol.
-(Admin) A short and quick name to pronounce, definitely NANO is perfect to define it!
My third question is the following; I had seen a very interesting gif early in the chat and it is just about the question that I came to ask.
Currently, NANO has 100% of its tokens in circulation and these tokens were distributed through Faucets, so it meant that any user with a computer could get coins simply by completing some captchas, can you tell me which has been the experience of users when using this method?
-(Colin) The faucet was a great way for us to distribute coins to people who have never used it before. Cryptocurrencies that use mining end up distributing only to people who have money to buy the mining hardware and this is unfair. We had a lot of people from Indonesia and Asia in the beginning of our distribution and at the end there were a lot of people from South America, Venezuela and Brasil that were getting most of the Nano from the faucet. We think this was a fairer way to do it and it got Nano into the hands of people in different locations, and it had a very positive impact on their lives.
-(Admin) This is incredible! thanks for your answer!
Can you tell us about what the Open Representative Vote is about and how it protects the network?
-(Zach) Nano uses voting to get confirmation on the network instead of mining and the nodes on the network that create votes are called Representatives. Open Representative Voting allows people who have a Nano balance to pick whatever representative they want to vote on their behalf. This allows the people who hold Nano to decide who generates consensus instead of mining companies. The voting process is very efficient and is a big part of what allows Nano to be fee-less and use very little energy.
-(Admin) Very good! The last question on my part:
Nano PoW is your new approach, I have read a pretty interesting example with emails, can you explain what it is about?
-(Colin) Nano PoW is a research project we’re doing in order to create a proof of work algorithm that uses less energy than other popular algorithms. Since Nano is fee-less, there must be a method to limit transactions going onto the network, which this PoW achieves. With the goal of using more memory in the process instead of CPU cycles in order to generate proofs, this new Nano PoW will help prevent ASICs from being able to cheaply send lots of transactions. It’s important for a cryptocurrency that’s used around the world to be energy efficient and green so continuing our research on this is important to us.
-(Admin) https://medium.com/nanocurrency/nano-pow-the-details-ba22a9092d6f
Thanks for your answers, Colin and Zach! I have a video, taken from your YouTube account that I would like to share with the community
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9pA8UCUrI
Can you tell me what we see in this video?
-(Colin) This is a video of how fast our transactions send and receive. You can see it takes less than 1 second to finish which means you can use it as a currency.
- (Zach) The wallet was made by developers in our amazing community, it is called Natrium. It really shows how fast Nano is and how it is easy-to-use!
-(Colin) You can also see how simple it is to use. You just scan, enter an amount, and send. There are no complicated setting which is great for new users and great for adoption.
- (Zach) And the best part is, there were no fees at all for that transaction. In fact there have never been any transaction fees on the Nano network ever!
-(Admin) Great! That's why I wanted to share it with everyone, yesterday I could try the wallet and it is really spectacular to use, thank you very much for that excellent explanation, please stay with us, now comes the part in which our users participate
Segment 3, community questions
Q -First congratulations on your project, it is amazing. Now, does nano BlockChain have another use besides making transactions?
A - (Zach) Thank you! Nano has always been focused on transfer of value and will continue to maintain that focus. The overall design is aimed at doing only this so it can remain fast, efficient and fee-less.
Q -Good evening! I understand that thanks to its architecture called "Block-lattice", each individual provides the computing power necessary to verify their own transaction, thanks to this they do not use miners to confirm transactions and they do not apply commissions of any kind. My question is: How did this occur and how difficult was it?
A - (Colin) It’s simila, transactions are validated by votes from the representatives, not by the PoW. The PoW is a way to slow down how fast people can create transactions so they can’t spam the network.
Q - Do you have any short or long term projects so that transactions using $NANO were anonymous?
A - (Colin) Long term we want to see what privacy options exist and are fast. Most privacy schemes make the transactions very big or slow to process and it’s important for things to remain quick and efficient so we can have fast transactions.
Q - We are living in Venezuela many changes in the cryptocurrency sector, the integration of crypto for service payment and product purchases is already a reality. What agreements has NANO made with service stores to integrate it as a means of payment? I want to pay my movie ticket with NANOS
A - (Zach) Thanks for your interest in Nano. We are always looking for ways to allow everyone to use Nano in as many places as possible. Although separate from our organization, we are aware of the efforts of the Nano Venezuela organization and try to support them when possible in bringing Nano to as many people and stores in Venezuela as possible.
Q - (7 questions made from one persone at once)
  1. How do you manage to make your transactions virtually instantaneous?
  2. How do they create part of the company's livelihood if no fees are charged for transactions?
  3. Why does $ NANO consume so little electricity?
  4. Requirements for a medium-sized company to adopt nano correctly as a means of payment?
  5. Since 100% of the $ NANOS are distributed, I have seen something in Medium that talked about `` Nano PoW '', could you tell me a little more about how it works? What profit will the person / institution get that puts hardware for their PoW? Will more $ NANO be created apart from those already in circulation?
  6. What do the representatives earn for putting their vote and validating blocks if 100% of the $ NANOS are already created / issued?
7- Since your policy / slogan / commandment is to be a cryptocurrency without fees, shouldn't you force exchanges in which $ NANO is present that they don't charge withdrawal fees?
A - (Colin)
  1. Transactions are fast because they’re validated by voting. The votes get transmitted around the world in milliseconds and all people have to do is count votes to confirm the transaction.
  2. We use the Dev fund to pay for developing the Nano protocol. The Nano protocol is a free tool that other people can build businesses on. We have ideas for businesses that can use fast, free money in order to help people send money to their family in other countries or pay microtransactions. It’s similar to Linux, it’s free but big companies use it because it saves them money.
  3. Nano uses little electricity because we use voting for validating transactions. Voting is just sending data over the internet which is power efficient.
  4. You can run a nano node with 40-60$/mo using cloud virtual machines
  5. Nano pow is just a more efficient way to slow people down from sending transactions to the network
  6. The most important thing is: why does a company want to use cryptocurrency? They want to use it because it saves them money on bank fees, etc. Since 40-60$/mo running a node is less expensive than their bank fees, they want to participate in the network to keep it going and save them money.
Q - Knowing all this about Nano, could you say that Nano is one of the most energy-efficient, Ecological friendly currencies in existence?
A -(Zach) Absolutely. We care about making a positive change in the world and so pride ourselves on leaving as little energy trace possible in the world. It may just be the fastest, most efficient transfer of value available.
Q - If the nano protocol had not passed the Red4Sec signature security test, would it have any vulnerability today?
A - (Colin) The Red4Sec audit didn’t find any critiral vulnerabilities in Nano. In fact they did the audit twice because they couldn’t find anything wrong and that never happened before.
It’s important for us to keep the code high quality and we will do audits again in the future because it’s important to make sure everything is secure.
Q - I'd like to see more development of Nano by using SMS on our phones to avoid the problem of no Internet connection at the moment
A -(Zach) As much as we like the idea of SMS, unfortunately it is not a secure network so managing Nano transactions over it brings some unique requirements. However we are always innovating and trying to make Nano as easy and accessible as possible so hope advances can help over time make it more accessible in this area.
Q - What plans do you have to close this 2019 to increase adoption in Latin America?
A -(Colin) We are very excited about the passion we see in the south american community. We would love to make it down to VE however in the mean time follow nanoVE for updates and meetups - there may be one near you soon!
Q - How will you make the adoption and use of $ NANO continue to increase especially in markets where other cryptocurrencies are gaining more ground?
A - (Colin) Our focus is to build tools people need to accept cryptocurrency. Right now it’s still difficulty and expensive. One thing we’re making is the device Appia which can accept cryptocurrency similar to a credit card. We made this device very inexpensive and can connect over wireless so it can be used in markets or resturaunts or other places cryptocurrency is not yet available.
- (Admin) Thank you very much for your answers! You are the first guests that answer all the questions of our users, you are amazing guys!
@AndyNano It was amazing to meet you, I learned a lot from you
@FundacionNanoVE Thanks for making this happen! excellent work
@nano_isam Thanks for everything buddy!
-(Zach) Can we ask a question to the channel?
What are the top things Nano can do to help you in your daily lives?
-(Colin) My question: How do you store cryptocurrency safely? Where do you back up your seed so it isn’t lost or stolen?
A - In Venezuela we currently have a problem with conventional payment processors, they are very slow, it would be great to be able to see people using NANO to make their purchases at any store in Venezuela, 0 commissions and instant transactions, is what we need
A - Fast transactions are what can help society the most, and except that, the best thing is that it is very cheap ... from there it is addition, those are the main characteristics that we look for the most
A - encrypted file in a pendrive
A - Nano is a direct competition to the vast majority of Cryptos, in transaction speed and that it is literally free to send or receive, nothing to wait for 5 hours or the next day when you pay for items or services with Crypto, let's increase the adoption of nano!
-(Colin) Question: Are there barriers to using Nano in your country right now?
A - No barriers in Venezuela
A - No barrier what is lacking is greater diffusion in means to give greater projection and that the adoption arrives. Here I am to support NANO!
A - There should be no barriers to the payments we wish to make, freedom above all
-(Colin) Fantastic!
- (Zach) Thanks everyone, I have to go but I appreciate all the awesome questions and answers!
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NANO #AMA ON BINANCE SPANISH TELEGRAM GROUP!!

Regards!! I'm Jesús Zambrano, member of the Hispanic community of NANO for a long time. Last thursday, we had an interesting and enjoying Ask-me-anything at Binance Spanish community on telegram with the people behind NANO, Colin LeMahieu (Founder and Executive Director) and Zach Hyatt (Proyect Manager), where we take advantage of their kindness and willingness to ask them some questions and share opinions about de currency. I will share a compilation of some of the questions and answers.
-(Admin) ¡Welcome Binancians to our following AMA!
I will explain how AMA works; we will have three (3) segments.
Segment #1: I am going to ask to our guests five (5) questions and then they will answer them.
I will be explaining the rest of the segments as we conclude one of them.
-(Admin) Today we have the great pleasure of having Colin (Founder and Executive Director) and Zach (Project Manager) with us in our chat room. Could you give us a little introduction about you?
- (Zach) Hi everyone, I am Zach Hyatt, the Project Manager at the Nano Foundation and am excited to help answer questions about Nano. I live in Austin, TX where it is quite hot right now!
-(Colin) I’m Colin LeMahieu, founder of Nano. I’m a computer engineer and I’ve worked at companies like Qualcomm, Dell, and AMD. I have been working on Nano for about 5 years now and I’m really excited to talk with people who are interested as well!
-(Admin) It is a pleasure for us to have you here, I have to say that on a personal level, I have been a follower of the project for a long time now, so it is incredible for me to be able to count on you tonight, we will start with segment # 1, with the questions I have for you.
Feeless transactions and in record time! What is NANO? Can you give us an introduction to the project?
-(Colin) Nano’s goal is to solve problems with other cryptocurrencies and make sending value fast and fee-less. It has a unique design to allow us to accomplish this. We want people to have the option of using decentralized digital money instead of fiat money anywhere in the world. Nano is accessible and easy-to-use today and we plan on keeping it focused on these goals.
-(Admin) Thank you for answering my first question, I am delighted with the features offered by the project, every week they are updating and making important changes that help to improve the ecosystem that surrounds the team.
Here you can find all the weekly updates: https://nano.org/en
Previously the project was called RaiBlocks, it appeared for the first time in an ad in Bitcoin Talk in 2015. Can you tell us why a name change came up later?
-(Zach) Yeah, absolutely. Although the original RaiBlocks name has a special place in our history, it was difficult to pronounce in some areas of the world and caused confusion with certain users. We decided to move to a shorter name that not only was easy to pronounce but also reflected the fast, efficient nature of the protocol.
-(Admin) A short and quick name to pronounce, definitely NANO is perfect to define it!
My third question is the following; I had seen a very interesting gif early in the chat and it is just about the question that I came to ask.
Currently, NANO has 100% of its tokens in circulation and these tokens were distributed through Faucets, so it meant that any user with a computer could get coins simply by completing some captchas, can you tell me which has been the experience of users when using this method?
-(Colin) The faucet was a great way for us to distribute coins to people who have never used it before. Cryptocurrencies that use mining end up distributing only to people who have money to buy the mining hardware and this is unfair. We had a lot of people from Indonesia and Asia in the beginning of our distribution and at the end there were a lot of people from South America, Venezuela and Brasil that were getting most of the Nano from the faucet. We think this was a fairer way to do it and it got Nano into the hands of people in different locations, and it had a very positive impact on their lives.
-(Admin) This is incredible! thanks for your answer!
Can you tell us about what the Open Representative Vote is about and how it protects the network?
-(Zach) Nano uses voting to get confirmation on the network instead of mining and the nodes on the network that create votes are called Representatives. Open Representative Voting allows people who have a Nano balance to pick whatever representative they want to vote on their behalf. This allows the people who hold Nano to decide who generates consensus instead of mining companies. The voting process is very efficient and is a big part of what allows Nano to be fee-less and use very little energy.
-(Admin) Very good! The last question on my part:
Nano PoW is your new approach, I have read a pretty interesting example with emails, can you explain what it is about?
-(Colin) Nano PoW is a research project we’re doing in order to create a proof of work algorithm that uses less energy than other popular algorithms. Since Nano is fee-less, there must be a method to limit transactions going onto the network, which this PoW achieves. With the goal of using more memory in the process instead of CPU cycles in order to generate proofs, this new Nano PoW will help prevent ASICs from being able to cheaply send lots of transactions. It’s important for a cryptocurrency that’s used around the world to be energy efficient and green so continuing our research on this is important to us.
-(Admin) https://medium.com/nanocurrency/nano-pow-the-details-ba22a9092d6f
Thanks for your answers, Colin and Zach! I have a video, taken from your YouTube account that I would like to share with the community
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9pA8UCUrI
Can you tell me what we see in this video?
-(Colin) This is a video of how fast our transactions send and receive. You can see it takes less than 1 second to finish which means you can use it as a currency.
- (Zach) The wallet was made by developers in our amazing community, it is called Natrium. It really shows how fast Nano is and how it is easy-to-use!
-(Colin) You can also see how simple it is to use. You just scan, enter an amount, and send. There are no complicated setting which is great for new users and great for adoption.
- (Zach) And the best part is, there were no fees at all for that transaction. In fact there have never been any transaction fees on the Nano network ever!
-(Admin) Great! That's why I wanted to share it with everyone, yesterday I could try the wallet and it is really spectacular to use, thank you very much for that excellent explanation, please stay with us, now comes the part in which our users participate
Segment 3, community questions
Q -First congratulations on your project, it is amazing. Now, does nano BlockChain have another use besides making transactions?
A - (Zach) Thank you! Nano has always been focused on transfer of value and will continue to maintain that focus. The overall design is aimed at doing only this so it can remain fast, efficient and fee-less.
Q -Good evening! I understand that thanks to its architecture called "Block-lattice", each individual provides the computing power necessary to verify their own transaction, thanks to this they do not use miners to confirm transactions and they do not apply commissions of any kind. My question is: How did this occur and how difficult was it?
A - (Colin) It’s simila, transactions are validated by votes from the representatives, not by the PoW. The PoW is a way to slow down how fast people can create transactions so they can’t spam the network.
Q - Do you have any short or long term projects so that transactions using $NANO were anonymous?
A - (Colin) Long term we want to see what privacy options exist and are fast. Most privacy schemes make the transactions very big or slow to process and it’s important for things to remain quick and efficient so we can have fast transactions.
Q - We are living in Venezuela many changes in the cryptocurrency sector, the integration of crypto for service payment and product purchases is already a reality. What agreements has NANO made with service stores to integrate it as a means of payment? I want to pay my movie ticket with NANOS
A - (Zach) Thanks for your interest in Nano. We are always looking for ways to allow everyone to use Nano in as many places as possible. Although separate from our organization, we are aware of the efforts of the Nano Venezuela organization and try to support them when possible in bringing Nano to as many people and stores in Venezuela as possible.
Q - (7 questions made from one persone at once)
  1. How do you manage to make your transactions virtually instantaneous?
  2. How do they create part of the company's livelihood if no fees are charged for transactions?
  3. Why does $ NANO consume so little electricity?
  4. Requirements for a medium-sized company to adopt nano correctly as a means of payment?
  5. Since 100% of the $ NANOS are distributed, I have seen something in Medium that talked about `` Nano PoW '', could you tell me a little more about how it works? What profit will the person / institution get that puts hardware for their PoW? Will more $ NANO be created apart from those already in circulation?
  6. What do the representatives earn for putting their vote and validating blocks if 100% of the $ NANOS are already created / issued?
7- Since your policy / slogan / commandment is to be a cryptocurrency without fees, shouldn't you force exchanges in which $ NANO is present that they don't charge withdrawal fees?
A - (Colin)
  1. Transactions are fast because they’re validated by voting. The votes get transmitted around the world in milliseconds and all people have to do is count votes to confirm the transaction.
  2. We use the Dev fund to pay for developing the Nano protocol. The Nano protocol is a free tool that other people can build businesses on. We have ideas for businesses that can use fast, free money in order to help people send money to their family in other countries or pay microtransactions. It’s similar to Linux, it’s free but big companies use it because it saves them money.
  3. Nano uses little electricity because we use voting for validating transactions. Voting is just sending data over the internet which is power efficient.
  4. You can run a nano node with 40-60$/mo using cloud virtual machines
  5. Nano pow is just a more efficient way to slow people down from sending transactions to the network
  6. The most important thing is: why does a company want to use cryptocurrency? They want to use it because it saves them money on bank fees, etc. Since 40-60$/mo running a node is less expensive than their bank fees, they want to participate in the network to keep it going and save them money.
Q - Knowing all this about Nano, could you say that Nano is one of the most energy-efficient, Ecological friendly currencies in existence?
A -(Zach) Absolutely. We care about making a positive change in the world and so pride ourselves on leaving as little energy trace possible in the world. It may just be the fastest, most efficient transfer of value available.
Q - If the nano protocol had not passed the Red4Sec signature security test, would it have any vulnerability today?
A - (Colin) The Red4Sec audit didn’t find any critiral vulnerabilities in Nano. In fact they did the audit twice because they couldn’t find anything wrong and that never happened before.
It’s important for us to keep the code high quality and we will do audits again in the future because it’s important to make sure everything is secure.
Q - I'd like to see more development of Nano by using SMS on our phones to avoid the problem of no Internet connection at the moment
A -(Zach) As much as we like the idea of SMS, unfortunately it is not a secure network so managing Nano transactions over it brings some unique requirements. However we are always innovating and trying to make Nano as easy and accessible as possible so hope advances can help over time make it more accessible in this area.
Q - What plans do you have to close this 2019 to increase adoption in Latin America?
A -(Colin) We are very excited about the passion we see in the south american community. We would love to make it down to VE however in the mean time follow nanoVE for updates and meetups - there may be one near you soon!
Q - How will you make the adoption and use of $ NANO continue to increase especially in markets where other cryptocurrencies are gaining more ground?
A - (Colin) Our focus is to build tools people need to accept cryptocurrency. Right now it’s still difficulty and expensive. One thing we’re making is the device Appia which can accept cryptocurrency similar to a credit card. We made this device very inexpensive and can connect over wireless so it can be used in markets or resturaunts or other places cryptocurrency is not yet available.
- (Admin) Thank you very much for your answers! You are the first guests that answer all the questions of our users, you are amazing guys!
@AndyNano It was amazing to meet you, I learned a lot from you
@FundacionNanoVE Thanks for making this happen! excellent work
@nano_isam Thanks for everything buddy!
-(Zach) Can we ask a question to the channel?
What are the top things Nano can do to help you in your daily lives?
-(Colin) My question: How do you store cryptocurrency safely? Where do you back up your seed so it isn’t lost or stolen?
A - In Venezuela we currently have a problem with conventional payment processors, they are very slow, it would be great to be able to see people using NANO to make their purchases at any store in Venezuela, 0 commissions and instant transactions, is what we need
A - Fast transactions are what can help society the most, and except that, the best thing is that it is very cheap ... from there it is addition, those are the main characteristics that we look for the most
A - encrypted file in a pendrive
A - Nano is a direct competition to the vast majority of Cryptos, in transaction speed and that it is literally free to send or receive, nothing to wait for 5 hours or the next day when you pay for items or services with Crypto, let's increase the adoption of nano!
-(Colin) Question: Are there barriers to using Nano in your country right now?
A - No barriers in Venezuela
A - No barrier what is lacking is greater diffusion in means to give greater projection and that the adoption arrives. Here I am to support NANO!
A - There should be no barriers to the payments we wish to make, freedom above all
-(Colin) Fantastic!
- (Zach) Thanks everyone, I have to go but I appreciate all the awesome questions and answers!
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MeWe: A trip report

Among the more frequently mentioned G+ alternatives at the Google+ Mass Migration community, and others, is MeWe with over 250 mentions. The site bills itself as "The Next-Gen Social Network" and the "anti-Facebook": "No Ads, No Political Bias, No Spyware. NO BS. It is headed by professed Libertarian CEO Mark Weinstein.
As the site reveals no public user-generated content to non-members, it's necessary to create an account in order to get a full impression. I thought I'd provide an overview based on recent explorations.
This report leads of with background on the company, though readers may find the report and analysis of specific groups on the site of interest.

Leadership

Founder & CEO Mark Weinstein.
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Jonathan Wolfe (no longer with company).
Weinstein previously founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends, "at the turn of the millennium". Weinstein's MeWe biography lists articles published by The Mirror (UK), Huffington Post, USA Today, InfoSecurity Magazine, Dark Reading, and the Nation. His media appearances include MarketWatch, PBS, Fox News, and CNN. He's also the author of several personal-success books.
His Crunchbase bio is a repeat of the MeWe content.

Advisory Board

Ownership & Investment

MeWe is the dba of Sgrouples, a private for-profit early-stage venture company based in Los Angeles, though with a Mountain View HQ and mailing address, 11-50 employees, with $10m in funding over five rounds, and a $20m valuation as of 2016.
Sgrouples, Inc., dba MeWe Trust & Safety - Legal Policy c/o Fenwick West 801 California Street Mountain View, CA 94041
Crunchbase Profile.
Founded: 2012 (source)
Secured $1.2M in seed funding in 2014.
2016 valuation: $20m (source]
Backers:
Despite the business address, the company claims to be based in Los Angeles County, California and is described by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Culver City, CA, company.

Business

Policy

In an August 6, 2018 Twitter post, Weinstein promotes MeWe writing:
Do you have friends still on Facebook? Share this link with them about Facebook wanting their banking information - tell them to move to MeWe now! No Ads. No Spyware. No Political Agenda. No Bias Algorithms. No Shadow Banning. No Facial Recognition.
MeWe provide several policy-related links on the site:
Highlights of these follow.

Privacy

The privacy policy addresses:

Terms of Service

The ToS addresses:
Effective: November 6, 2018.

FAQ

The FAQ addresses:

Values

This emphasises that people are social cratures and private people by right. The service offers the power of self expression under an umbrella of safety. It notes that our innermost thoughts require privacy.
Under "We aspire...":
MeWe is here to empower and enrich your world. We challenge the status quo by making privacy, respect, and safety the foundations of an innovatively designed, easy-to-use social experience.
Totalling 182 words.

Privacy Bill of Rights

A ten-item statement of principles (possibly inspired by another document, it might appear):
  1. You own your personal information & content. It is explicitly not ours.
  2. You will never receive a targeted advertisement or 3rd party content based on what you do or say online. We think that's creepy.
  3. You see every post in timeline order from your friends, family & groups. We do not manipulate, filter, or change the order of your content or what you see.
  4. Permissions & privacy are your rights. You control them.
  5. You control who can access your content.
  6. You control what, if anything, others can see in member searches.
  7. Your privacy means we do not share your personal information with anyone.
  8. Your emojis are for you and your friends. We do not monitor or mine your data.
  9. Your face is your business. We do not use facial recognition technology.
  10. You have the right to delete your account and take your content with you at any time.

Press

There are a few mentions of MeWe in the press, some listed on the company's website, others via web search.

Self-reported articles

The following articles are linked directly from MeWe's Press page:
The page also lists a "Privacy Revolution Required Reading" list of 20 articles all addressing Facebook privacy gaffes in the mainstream press (Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, Gizmodo, The Guardian, etc.).
There are further self-reported mentions in several of the company's PR releases over the years.

Other mentions

A DuckDuckGo search produces several other press mentions, including:

Technology

This section is a basic rundown of the user-visible site technology.

Mobile Web

The site is not natively accessible from a mobile Web browser as it is overlayed with a promotion for the mobile application instead. Selecting "Desktop View" in most mobile browsers should allow browser-based access.

Mobile App

There are both Android and iOS apps for MeWe. I've used neither of these, though the App store entries note:
Crunchbase cites 209,220 mobile downloads over the past 30 days (via Apptopia), an 80.78% monthly growth rate, from Google Play.

Desktop Web

Either selecting "View Desktop" or navigating with a Desktop browser to https://www.mewe.com your are presented with a registration screen, with the "About", "Privacy Bill of Rights", "MeWe Challenge", and a language selector across the top of the page. Information requested are first and last name, phone or email, and a password. Pseudonymous identities are permitted, though this isn't noted on the login screen. Returning members can use the "Member Log In" button.
The uMatrix Firefox extension reveals no third-party content: all page elements are served from mewe.com, img.mewe.com, cdn.mewe.com, or ws.mewe.com. (In subsequent browsing, you may find third-party plugins from, for example, YouTube, for videos, or Giphy, for animated GIFs.)
The web front-end is nginx. The site uses SSL v3, issued by DigiCert Inc. to Sgrouples, Inc.

Onboarding

The onboarding experience is stark. There is no default content presented. A set of unidentified icons spans the top of the screen, these turn out to be Home, Chats, Groups, Pages, and Events. New users have to, somehow, find groups or people to connect with, and there's little guidance as to how to do this.

Interface

Generally there is a three panel view, with left- and right-hand sidebars of largely navigational or status information, and a central panel with main content. There are also pop-up elements for chats, an omnipresent feature of the site.
Controls display labels on some devices and/or resolutions. Controls do not provide tooltips for navigational aid.

Features

Among the touted features of MeWe are:

Community

A key aspect of any social network is its community. Some of the available or ascertained information on this follows.

Size

Weinstein claims a "million+ following inside MeWe.com" on Twitter.
The largest visible groups appear to have a maximum of around 15,000 members , for "Awesome gifs". "Clean Comedy" rates 13,350, and the largest open political groups, 11,000+ members.
This compares to Google+ which has a staggering, though Android-registrations-inflated 3.3 billion profiles, and 7.9 million communities, though the largest of these come in at under 10 million members. It's likely that MeWe's membership is on the whole more more active than Google+'s, where generally-visible posting activity was limited to just over 9% of all profiles, and the active user base was well under 1% of the total nominal population.

Active Users

MeWe do not publish active users (e.g., MUA / monthly active users) statistics.

Groups

MeWe is principally a group-oriented discussion site -- interactions take place either between individuals or within group contexts. Virtually all discovery is group-oriented. The selection and dynamics of groups on the site will likely strongly affect user experience, so exploring the available groups and their characteristics is of interest.
"MeWe has over 60,000 open groups" according to its FAQ.
The Open groups -- visible to any registered MeWe user, though not to the general public Web -- are browsable, though sections and topics must be expanded to view the contents: an overview isn't immediately accessible. We provide a taste here.
A selection of ten featured topics spans the top of the browser. As I view these, they are:
Specific groups may appear in multiple categories.
The top Groups within these topics have, variously, 15,482, 7,738, 15,482 (dupe), 7,745, 8,223, 8,220, 1,713, 9,527, 2,716, and 1,516 members. Listings scroll at length -- the Music topic has 234 Groups, ranging in size from 5 to 5,738 members, with a median of 59, mean of 311.4, and a 90%ile of 743.5.
Below this is a grid of topics, 122 in all, ranging from Activism to Wellness, and including among them. A selected sample of these topics, with top groups listed members in (parens), follows:
To be clear: whilst I've not included every topic, I've sampled a majority of them above, and listed not an arbitrary selection, but the top few Groups under each topic.

Google+ Groups

The Google Plus expats group seems the most active of these by far.

Political Groups

It's curious that MeWe make a specific point in their FAQ that:
At MeWe we have absolutely no political agenda and we have a very straightforward Terms of Service. MeWe is for all law-abiding people everywhere in the world, regardless of political, ethnic, religious, sexual, and other preferences.
There are 403 political groups on MeWe. I won't list them all here, but the first 100 or so give a pretty clear idea of flavour. Again, membership is in (parentheses). Note that half the total political Groups memberships are in the first 21 groups listed here, the first 6 are 25% of the total.
  1. Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11486)
  2. The Conservative's Hangout (8345)
  3. Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5600)
  4. Drain The Swamp (4978)
  5. Libertarians (4528)
  6. United We Stand Trump2020 (4216)
  7. The Right To Self Defense (3757)
  8. Alternative Media (3711)
  9. Hardcore Conservative Patriots for Trump (3192)
  10. Bastket Of Deplorables4Trump! (3032)
  11. Return of the Republic (2509)
  12. Infowars Chat Room Unofficial (2159)
  13. Donald Trump Our President 2017-2025 (2033)
  14. Berners for Progress (1963)
  15. Sean Hannity Fans (1901)
  16. The American Conservative (1839)
  17. I Am The NRA (1704)
  18. Tucker Carlson Fox News (1645)
  19. We Love Donald Trump (1611)
  20. MAGA - Make America Great Again (1512)
  21. Q (1396)
  22. ClashDaily.com (1384)
  23. news from the front (1337)
  24. Basket of Deplorables (1317)
  25. Payton's Park Bench (1283)
  26. Convention of States (1282)
  27. Britons For Brexit (1186)
  28. MoJo 5.0 Radio (1180)
  29. MeWe Free Press (1119)
  30. The Constitutionally Elite (1110)
  31. Libertarian (1097)
  32. WOMEN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP (1032)
  33. AMERICANS AGAINST ISIS and OTHER ENEMIES (943)
  34. #WalkAway Campaign (894)
  35. ALEX JONES (877)
  36. The Lion Is Awake ! (854)
  37. We Support Donald Trump! (810)
  38. The Stratosphere Lounge (789)
  39. TRUMP-USA-HANDS OFF OUR PRESIDENT (767)
  40. Official Tea Party USA (749)
  41. Mojo50 Jackholes (739)
  42. Yes Scotland (697)
  43. "WE THE DEPLORABLE" - MOVE ON SNOWFLAKE! (688)
  44. Judge Jeanine Pirro Fans (671)
  45. Anarcho-Capitalism (658)
  46. Ted Cruz for President (650)
  47. No Lapdog Media (647)
  48. Q Chatter (647)
  49. Daily Brexit (636)
  50. Tucker Carlson Fox News (601)
  51. The Trumps Storm Group (600)
  52. QAnon-Patriots WWG1WGA (598)
  53. 100% American (569)
  54. Ladies For Donald Trump (566)
  55. Deep State (560)
  56. In the Name of Liberty (557)
  57. Material Planet (555)
  58. WikiUnderground (555)
  59. Trump NRA Free Speech Patriots on MeWe Gab.ai etc (546)
  60. Magna Carta Group (520)
  61. Constitutional Conservatives (506)
  62. Question Everything (503)
  63. Conspiracy Research (500)
  64. Bill O'Reilly Fans (481)
  65. Conservative Misfit's (479)
  66. Canadian politics (478)
  67. Anarchism (464)
  68. HARDCORE DEPLORABLES (454)
  69. Deplorable (450)
  70. Tampa Bay Trump Club (445)
  71. UK Politics (430)
  72. Bongino Fan Page (429)
  73. Radical Conservatives (429)
  74. RESIST THE RESISTANCE (419)
  75. The Deplorables (409)
  76. America's Freedom Fighters (401)
  77. Politically Incorrect & Proud (399)
  78. CONSERVATIVES FOR AMERICA ! (385)
  79. Political satire (383)
  80. RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
  81. UK Sovereignty,Independence,Democracy -Everlasting (366)
  82. The Patriots Voting Coalition (359)
  83. End The Insanity (349)
  84. Coming American Civil War! (345)
  85. Constitutional Conservatives (343)
  86. United Nations Watch (342)
  87. A Revival Of The Critical Thinking Union (337)
  88. The New Libertarian (335)
  89. Libertarian Party (official ) (333)
  90. DDS United (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) (332)
  91. American Conservative Veterans (331)
  92. Anarchism/Agorism/Voluntaryism (328)
  93. America Needs Donald Trump (326)
  94. The UKIP Debating Society (321)
  95. Coalition For Trump (310)
  96. Egalitarianism (306)
  97. FRIENDS THAT LIKE JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY (292)
  98. 2nd Amendment (287)
  99. Never Forget #SethRich (286)
  100. Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
It seems there is relatively little representation from the left wing, or even the centre, of the political spectrum. A case-insensitive match for "liberal" turns up:
Mainstream political parties are little represented, though again, the balance seems skewed searching on "(democrat|republic|gop)":
The terms "left" and "right" provide a few matches, not all strictly political-axis aligned:
Socialism and Communism also warrant a few mentions:
And there are some references to green, laboulabor parties:

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[Table] IAmA: We are scientists working at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider and birthplace of the World Wide Web! Ask Us (Almost) Anything!

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How much political input/interference is there in your work? Given that so many nations contribute funding, does conflict ever arise in regards to what you can do? There is fortunately no political input/interference in our work, and this is regardless of our origine or anything. What we do is just pure science! (nm)
Does the name Okabe Rintarou ring a bell? SteinsGate, if I am not wrong. But we don't do time machines yet. Ask me again yesterday, if this has changed in five years.
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How much hooking up goes on between the scientists at CERN? Please rate on a scale of "Frostier than Elsa's Ice Palace" to "Sexy Cheerleader Camp group cabin" What I can tell is that there is an intense social life at CERN which I would call inbred: the community at CERN is somewhat special ... Long hours spent at the lab, sometime a geeky attitude, does not favor contacts outside CERN ... end result: I know a lot of people who have found their companion within the community. (TC)
Do you guys do anything classified? CERN is an academic environment and we take lots of efforts to publish results, technical designs, etc. We do not do any military research. Therefore, there is few stuff being "classified". Sometimes, there is a period when we keep information internal until we are sure the results are correct. Thus, basically, you find only the "usual" classified stuff at CERN: payslips, medical records of our employees, passwords, financial information.
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That and your time machine research. Oh. Yes. But that has been handed over to SERN.
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What does it sound like when you turn it on? (Seriously) When we close the LHC after access, the access console beeps. when we send out timing events to synchronise the equipment, we have an announcer that speaks out a line, that recalls what happened.
For the rest, the control room is far from the equipment, so we don't really hear it... but colleagues told me that at the ISR (another accelerator at CERN), they could hear the beam being dumped with a low pitch boom :) (gp)
Would it be technically or bureaucratically difficult to install microphones to record it next year? We have had microphones installed, to listen to the sound of an asynchronous dump on the collimators :) (gp)
What discovery/research should be getting more publicity than it is? We are doing a lot of research which does not get onto the blogs/newspapers: we have published more than 100 scientific papers on major peer reviewed journals.
Such papers are all about measuring the way Nature works at fundamental level. Today this kind of fundamental research can only be carried out in laboratories like CERN and it is our role to exploit such tools to provide mankind with these measurement which could be the basis of the future 'revolution' in understanding the inner workings of Nature. (TC)
What is each of your's favorite work of fiction involving CERN? I personally love the big bang theory. I can offer a free tour of the LHC control room for authors and actors if they come over to Geneva. (gp)
Bruno Arpaia's "Energia del Vuoto' : I have read the original italian book..do not know if it has ever been translated. (TC)
What common misconceptions do people have about your work i.e. black hole makers? What range of qualification and experience do you and your colleagues have? Common misconceptions are the widely advertised black-hole maker thing, but also the fear of us developing new dangerous 'stuff' (the fact that CERN is doing sub- nuclear research adds to the confusion). Another common misconception on the positive side is to think that we might develop the solution to the energy problems of the world. (TC)
What is the most mind-boggling thing you have learned or experienced in your time working there? Diversity of cultures and being able to work with some of the most brilliant minds has been ( and still is after having been at CERN for 28 years) one of the things I consider a unique feature of CERN. (tc)
Do you have any advice for an undergraduate Physics student aspiring to one day work with you at CERN? Sure! Join CERN as a summer student (too late for this year, I fear) but what about 2015? You'll get hands-on at CERN: weeks of lectures in the morning by professionals, hands-on projects within different CERN groups on your favorite subject, and lots of networking and socializing in the evenings. Meet your peers from all over the world. Sign up here.
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I'm a physics undergraduate and I'll be making the move to Geneva to work at CERN for a year as a technical student in 2 weeks! I'm extremely excited. Great! That'll be definitely fun! Wheather is sunny 30degC. Hope that stays!
How's the weather over there? (sl)
Im educated in this field nor smart enough to really understand but i'd love to spend a summer there as a 40 year old summer student. Age does not really count. I have just seen a 40yrs old applicant to our Technical Student programme. But you would need to be enlisted with an university...
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What is the coolest thing you've ever had the chance to do in your work at CERN (besides smashing particles together, of course)? I love LEGO. When Google came around and was taking footings of the CERN Computer Centre for their Google Streetview, I had a chance to drop a few LEGO minifigs beforehand. Later we made a treasure hunt of it... Was quite fun. If you want to try yourself, go here. If you want to cheat, solutions are here.
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How often are you guys able to predict what discoveries you will make? For example, when you found the Higgs Boson there had already been predictions that it would be found at some point in time, as our technology improved. Are there any other examples of less well known, expected, breakthroughs and does the accuracy of these predictions vary from the different areas of research? It is a good question: the way we work is by theorist assembling the information that we , experimentalists, make into models. Such models besides explaining what we have already observed make also predictions which we try to verify ( the HIggs boson is a notable example). In terms of 'how often' this is the most common situation we are dealing in our daily research life.
There are many other questions ( like why there is an obvious asymmetry between matter and antimatter) where the model builders and the experimentalist are trying to bootstrap each other with continous progress in understanding.
And there have been times where experimentalists have surprised the theorists by discovering new particles which nobody had foreseen ( example the tau lepton) (TC)
How close are you to unifying gravity and quantum mechanics? Not very close yet... This is a big area of research, many people are working on it, there have been some progress already but still a lot of work is needed. (nm)
How do you all decide what projects to study and work on? Are you pretty much given free reign? Is it based on budgetary constraints or what could have profitable applications? Is there someone in charge who gets to say "Hey, we should do more research into black holes" or whatever? As theorists, we are free to work on the projects we wish, depending on what we think more interesting or needed. Experimentalists however have also predecided projects to work on depending on the program and preiorities of the collaborations. We also have sometimes common projects between theorists and experimentalists. (nm)
I am a computer science graduate and will complete my masters next year. besides software engineering my other field of interest is physics. what kind of projects do i embrace so i can one day work at CERN with you? Computer science is everywhere at CERN! The massive amounts of data collected by the physics experiment must be filtered, transferred and stored. "Big Data Analytics" is a good start here. High bandwidth networking another. Mass storage (>100PB/year) a third.
Within the CERN openlab we work with third parties on such research --- so if you want to fiddel with hardware come here.
If you love software design, there are lots of opportunities, too: developping applications to run the LHC, to serve our physicist community, etc.
In brief: Make your field of interest a hobby and sign up as a student with CERN! A good master is an excellent start, but hands-on experience you just can get on the job.
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I've come to CERN for my master thesis in telecom engineering, as a technical student, I worked on optical links for CMS. I did also my PhD at CERN, in digital microelectronics. now I am hired as an applied physicist and work in the LHC control room. There is a very wide range of options here!
Definitely look at the student programs! (gp)
How strong is the firewall in CERN computer system?Does hacker often try to pringe into CERN sytem? Q: What is the purpose of a firwall? A: To let traffic through. If we don't need to let traffic through, we would cut the cable...
We use a standard firewall configuration to control traffic. As we serve a world-wide community, there are hundreds of computing services open to the Internet: web servers, SSH gateways, Windows Terminal Servers, conference room booking systems, document stores, web mail servers, etc...
Like any other organization worldwide, these are permanently probed for weaknesses. We monitor this activiely and, so far, successful attacks (detected by us ;-) have been rare.
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rare. The usual stuff: web site defacements, stealing/collecting credentials, using CERN as a platform to hop further, misusing computing power for Bitcoin mining, ...
Could you give an example of what happened when a hacker succeeded? I can't imagine there's much trouble a hacker could cause for you guys... (sl)
What do you hope to see happen within physics within your lifetimes? Is there a particular piece of the puzzle that you want solved for closure? There are many puzzles! One of the most intriguing ones though is the nature of dark matter. (nm)
What is it like to work at CERN? Schedules, workloads, commutes, social lives, etc? I love working here, the research and the international environment in particular. my schedule is messy when we have beam, as I take shifts in the control room. the rest of the time, it's normal working hours - which sometimes get extended in case of deadlines that come up.
I live, as many others, close by, so commuting is short (10 minutes). this June many of us are doing bike2work - so I biked in today, the weather is beautiful. my personal interests fit in well also. skiing is close by in between Swiss and French Alps, and the Geneva yoga festival is great too.
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What are you most excited to see happen in the near future concerning your respective fields of research? I can't wait to see the beam at high energy, early next year. on the accelerator side, we have a few things that might cause issues that we'll have to work on: electron clouds in the beam pipe, Unidentified Falling Objects, beam instabilities, … it'll be fun! (gp)
Finding new particles that could confirm the predictions of the theories I am working on! That will allow us to finally know what is the correct direction to go beyond the Standard Model of particle physics! (nm)
Comic Sans. Why Comic Sans? Because "Arial" sucks, doesn't it?
(sl)
How much does your electric bill average each month? A figure I heard is that we use ~180MW on a good day… most of it taken by the accelerator complex. (gp)
Is there a secret duplicate LHC, like they did for the machine in the movie Contact, in case some crazy-ass incident occurs? No! (nm)
Whats the process of decieding which particles you smash together? do you just take random shit and throw it together or are there scientific reasonings for it? Concerning the LHC, it was designed to do proton-proton, and lead-lead. then we also did proton-lead, and lead-proton, which is less obvious that what it sounds like.
I guess what I want to say is that it depends on the physics goals.
(gp)
Whats your favorite part out using scientific linux, or worst part? Btw, pretty cool that cern has adopted linux for research! I take the chance to point to this picture… I'm in it and the captions are not 100% true. (gp)
What impact will funding have on future research? Today's fundamental research is based on tools which require investment (that has always been the case , but in the past this funding was at the level of individual research institutes or of national initiative). Today not even 'continental' investment can cope with the needs of fundamental research. So if we want to progress further there will be need of substantial investment. For example in the last 12 months it has been decided to exploit fully the potential of the LHC accelerator :in order to exploit the potential of the improved accelerator we will need improved detectors. These do not come for free ...
So yes, funding will be essential for fully exploiting what the LHC accelerator can tell us ( and that might be a lot ... as there a lot of unaswered questions like what is dark matter, why is our universe made of matter and so on ) (TC)
So, now you have the higgs. what's next? We have to measure all the Higgs properties as precisely as we can! We also have new models to go beyond the Standard Model of particle physics and there are active searches ongoing at CERN to look for new particles. (nm)
It seems like lots of students are (appropriately) wowed by CERN and go on to pursue advanced degrees in HEP-ex and HEP-th. Do you think there is a real risk of overcrowding the field? The field has been 'regulating' its market since ever: we have statistics showing that less than 40% of the PHDs formed in CERN experiments remain in the Academic/Research world. The rest find quickly their way into the 'outside' world. The main reasons we have identified for the popularity of our students are : not being afraid of trying to solve problems, no matter how difficult, ability to evolve in a multinational/multicultural environment, ability to work in large teams, being exposed to state of the art software/electronic techniques. (TC)
What would make the LHC look like old tech in the near future? I'm guessing not a "larger" one. And don't forget the newest idea: the FCC (gp)
As the group that helped develop the web, what is your opinion on the current issues of Net Neutrality and the NSA's use of the Internet to spy on citizens of the world? Some personal view: The World Wide Web created 25 years ago at CERN (WWW: “Let’s share What We knoW”) provided a global platform and unique opportunity for people to communicate, to collaborate and to share at unprecedented scale and speed. The accessibility and openness of the internet are crucial to enabling new ideas to flourish and compete with the long-standing traditions and to ensure that the evolution of the web continues to proceed at a pace limited only by our ideas. However, with this capability comes considerable responsibility with all of us – whether politicians, lawmakers, scientists or citizens – to preserve an open internet and a free web for the benefit of humankind.
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How close are we towards a GUT? Is their some technical aspect holding us back or is it something else? No, I would say we have to verify the GUT model predictions experimentally at the LHC and there are ongoing searches... (nm)
Stefan Lüders, "Head of Computer Security" Actually, I followed a typical CERN career-by-chance. I am educated physicist, turned into control system engineer, investigated security stances of control systems, and then joined the security team with what I learned. Most of the time, I coordinate implementations, provide guidance, and help people to make their products more secure. It's more facilitating and enabling than hard-core security. However, my team consists of white hats who know the techniques much better than I do :-)
I didn't know CERN hired security experts, what does your job entail mostly? For the supa hacka, I would love to learn how he/she would get world domination by hacking into CERN. Sounds like bad reconnaissance...
Also, a more humorous question... are any of you afraid of being hacked by a "supa hacka" who is aware of your schemes and desire for world domination? John Titor 2014. (sl)
Any advice for a high school student trying to get into physics and particle physics in specific? Study hard and keep your eyes open for scholarships (gp)
How long does a test last? And how long between these tests? At the LHC, from a beam dump to the next stable beams it takes at least 2 hours. then we keep the beams in collisions for up to 10-15 hours. then start over. at the experiments, they pack up data from the collisions for years. (gp)
I'm sure you experience work-related pressures and irritations like the rest of us, but you're doing a very special job. Have you ever had a particularly satisfying moment that reminded you, "this is why I work here?" First turn of the beam in the LHC in 2009 - my fifth day on the job. I looked at my boss and whispered: "thanks for hiring me". (gp)
Is there any concept in physics that you look at and think "what the heck is going on here?" Yes ..all the time when confronted with the subtleties of Quantum Mechanics..and every time I dig into it I keep learning more (TC)
What are some (interesting) questions you can't answer? There are many, and that's why we do research! A few examples: how to explain the matter-antimatter asymmetry. Or what is dark matter. Or are there more than 3 quark/lepton families? And many more! (nm)
Please explain what you mean by "dumping the beam when it's depleted". This sounds like something that is required after a jump through hyperspace, and sounds very interesting. The beam gets dumped whenever it is not interesting for physics anymore (and the operators decide to extract it), or whenever anything on the accelerator side goes wrong (and Machine Protection takes care of extracting it automatically).
By means of a special set of magnets, with very fast rise times, the beam gets extracted from the main ring to a special place, the beam dump itself, where it hits a huge block of graphite and scatters its energy.
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[Table] I am Peter Diamandis, founder of XPRIZE, Singularity University, and co-author of NYT best-seller Abundance. AMA!

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We are building the framework for that Meta-Intelligence, it's called Bliss and uses impact as a currency. A techno-telepathy is one of the many forecasted beneficial outcomes of an impact based economy. When people ask me "What problem does it solve?", the easy answer is "all of them". Cool.
I know a handful of smart, motivated people who are interested in working to advance science and technology (specifically space exploration, neuroscience, and probably a couple other areas), but are only semi-technical, and don’t really have a chance of working directly for a company in the field. How can people in this situation make meaningful contributions to the science/tech fields they consider important? One of our ideas is to generate enough disposable income that we can afford to make investments in new companies that are doing important things, but might be too risky to appeal to traditional angel/VC investors. Is there something better that we should be considering? It takes ALL kinds to make any business happen. Alot of the most brilliant "tech" people don't have the social skills of a 10 year old... so they need help. The massively connect world we are creating allowing teams to come together. I blog on this thru www.diamandis.com all the time. I think we have alot of ability for people to "team up" and complement their skills.
Hi Peter. Hypothetically, if there were an enormous X Prize, more on the order of $100 million, what kind of goal would it be for? I think we'll eventually see $100M XPRIZEs coming... We SHOULD have them in the field of Cancer. We typically tie the purse size either to (i) Level of importance the donor gives to the issue; or, (ii) the amount of money a team would probably end up spending.
To me, the world seems overpopulated. Would you ever consider a prize for some kind of population control (e.g. incentives not to procreate, easy/quick/cheap voluntary sterilization, and just overall better family planning services)? GREAT Question -- the answer is much simplier. The biggest inhibitor to procreation is making a population Wealth, Healthy and educated. Those like the U.S. and Japan are in negative growth. As i write about in detail in Abundance (hint hint) Over population is not an issue in a world of Abundance. Morocco is a great case studie... went from 7.8 childen per family to 2.8 per family when the new King &Queen improved health and education in the country. it is an elegant solution.
Thank you so much for doing this talk and congratulations on your PopMech Breakthrough Leadership Award! Thanks for the Congrats! I get my award this Tuesday in NYC from PopMech.
Do you think the government will continue to have a role funding science and tech? Or do you think the private sector will take the lead, much like it has in the space industry? I am massively excited about Crowd Funding, which is growing exponentially. I'm also excited about the new generation of "Techno-philanthropists" folks who made their billions in the Tech areana and now want to have a massive impact on the world. I would LOVE to have the government do more, but unfortunately the most interesting work is the riskiest work and alot of agencies aren't funding that risk. DARPA of course being one of the noted exceptions. I think we need to get to a point where 50% of the work being funded by NIH, NASA, etc is for "HIGHLY RISKY WORK"... That would be my hope and desire. Until that happens i'll depend on amazing companies like Google and SpaceX to do this stuff... oh yeah, and XPRIZE and Planetary Resources too.
That was indeed a longer wall of text than it should have been. :) What sort of changes will near-unlimited production potential have on the current global economic paradigms? When the Singularity does happen, will new options open up in terms of human freedom, or are there too many factors working against freedom for the masses to live as they want? (IOW: is a universal basic income ever going to be a thing?) Brain-computer-interfaces. Currently studying CS and trying to focus on the software side of BCIs. Do you think BCIs are the next big thing in technology? (1) It will drive massive competition and diversity, eventual demonetizing almost everything.; (2) I think we will go from "Occupation" where we do stuff to earn a living, to "Occupation" where we occupy our time in ways we love and entertain us; (3) I thing BCI is big, but another decade out... We need to learn more about the brain first and need better models and material science... but it is coming and will be critical.
Dr. Diamandis, thank you so much for this AMA. How should they go about in terms of presenting their ideas to investors, or looking for funding & resources? Thanks for the question... i actually blog about this constantly at www.Diamandis.com -- my next book BOLD is on this subject, advice for Enterprenerus. You can also follow my twitter exploits: #PeterDiamandis. Bottom line YES, there is great opportunity for you to partner with Tech-folks. Most critical step for you is focusing on your passion and becoming knowledgable and curious on that subject.
Do you regret withdrawing the genetic prize? Couldn't it be argued that significant progress was partially spurred on by the prize so it was doing what it should have? You said about the genetics prize that it was good sign when X prize failed. Other than that example, what was the x-prize's biggest failure to date? There has been significant consolidation recently in the prize industry (IC, TopCoder and Spigit all acquired or merged). Where do you see the prize industry in 5 years? Great question. This was a VERY difficult decision, one in which took alot of internal conversation and guidance from our advisors. I was told by a number of the teams that the existence of the prize did spur movement, but what we also saw was the acceleration of genome sequencing at an accelerated rate independent of the prize.. taking it from $100M to under $5K (now about $2K). Driven by a billion-dollar market place. we decided that the competition was not incentivizing the technological changes that our prize chair and Scientific Advisory Board had intended. Clearly we could always be wrong. Our goal here is doing the right thing for the world. We have no other intension. Time will tell.
Hello Mr. Diamandis. My name is B.J. Murphy, I've been following closely on your excellent G+ posts in relation to your upcoming book, and I'm also one of the few lucky to becoming a member of the newly formed Planetary Community Vanguard of your company Planetary Resources. No pressure. haha My question to you, though, is: what exactly do you feel will be the greatest contribution in the next 4-5 decades in regards to both Earth-domestic technological advancements and in space exploration/colonization? Over the next 30 - 40 years (not 40 - 50) humanity will establish itself in space, independent of Earth. We finally have the technology at hand to do this... and the wealth... and the will. That is HUGE. Millions of years from now, as people look back at these next few decades, it will be the moment in time that we broke away irriversibly and became a multiplanetary species. Not since lung fish cralwed out of the oceans onto land has this happened!
If you get to mine asteroids in space, would you go on one of the missions? I have every expectation that we will be mining asteroids well within the next decade. While I have every personal desire to make a trip to the moon, and also to the surface of Mars, heading out to an asteroid 100 million plus miles away doesn’t sound like a fun adventure. I think I’ll let the robots take care of that one.
We at the Weinberg Foundation are real fans of your work - inducement prizes are such a fantastic way to provoke innovation. We are followers of Alvin Weinberg, the American physicist and Oak Ridge laboratory director. We believe there is a new way for nuclear power by switching from light water reactors to a safer, cleaner and cheaper paradigm - that of Thorium-fuelled molten salt reactors. Would you consider doing an XPRIZE to address the market failure in nuclear innovation with us? I think Thorium reactors are great. I've read about them at some length. As i discuss in Abundance, i think Nuclear has gotten a bum rap on Earth, especially in the U.S. The question i would have is "What would the XPRIZE be for?" An XP is something that a small team for a few dozen graduate students can fund, design, build and demonstrate.
It feels to me that humanity seems to be approaching a critical point. As you talk about in Abundance, there are a lot of technologies that are maturing now that offer a lot of promise for humanity's future. Yet at the same time, we see that our unsustainable use of existing resources, combined with our excessive pollutiuon, is catching up with us fast. It doesn't seem possible at this point to find a sustainable means to support the current population of the planet, and attempting to do so would likely result both in significant loss of life, and reduction in quality of life for those that survive. So, to put it simply, our only way through the situation is to work at developing these new technologies to help us before our bad choices catch up. Do you feel that our potential to reach a future of abundance faces significant threats from these sorts of negative factors? (environmental damage and resource depletion, and the unrest that has potential to ferment in such conditions) Are there any areas that you feel need critical attention to avoid derailing a successful future? I actually am an optomist about human nature and people usually do "bad things" in the shadows. As tech continues to drive towards MASSIVE Transparency, where you can't hide, it will actually cause us to be safer in society and allow us to take action more quickly when things are heading in a negaive direction. Knowledge is the Bright light we need.
I dream of working for XPRIZE Foundation on day. What kind of skills are you looking for? We are look for SMART, PASSION, CURIOUS and great program managers. We are Growing... probably by 50% this next year.
How will the Lunar Xprize help foster spaceflight? Do you think any team is going to make it there? Thanks! Yes, i think we can have a winner of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP). Ultimately the purpose for GLXP is to help create a space ecomomy beyond Low and Geo Earth orbit. On the moon we have access to water (H2 & O2), i.e. fuel, and very useful materials. My friend and mentor Gerard K O'Neil taught me how useful the Moon is as jumping point for humanity to become a multiplanetary species.
Dr. Diamandis, thank you doing this AMA. What do you think of D-Wave's quantum computer? What do you think will the consequences be for the future of humanity if it keeps speeding up as expected? I think D-Wave's machines a very remarkable. What i've heard about them are extraordinary. My friends at Google & NASA Ames just purchased their latest 512 qbit model to start experimenting. Can't wait to see what they do.
How will the US Government be disrupted and what will it look like in 20 years? Large government don't disrupt gracefully... that is a problem. SO how will our Patent (IP) System look when the number of inventions increase x1000? What will happen to social security when human lifespan is >120. These things will happen and they will cause some havock. I think we are going to end up with alot of "parallel" non-gov systems providing more efficient services in virtual worlds and by public general adoption.
If you could have an X Prize for absolutely anything, what would it be? My XPRIZE??? Hmmm... I love the idea of BEAM POWER LAUNCH... power a rocket ship to orbit using RF or Lasers. I LOVE the idea of a "Transporter XPRIZE" to move people with an autonomous electric helicopter from Point A to Point B. Also i would love to live >500 years.. so life extension is a must!
If you could add anyone as an advisor to the X Prize Foundation, Singularity University, or Planetary Resources who would it be and why? Honestly (and i'm very proud of this) i think we have them onbaord already! What i want next is to tap into the global crowd and start doing GLOBAL VISIONEERING where we ask the world what they want, have them design the prize and then fund those prizes... this is in process.
We're seeing exponential technologies quickly being incorporated into the job market. Software, AI, robotics provide unprecedented possibilities for automation: We're seeing machines demonstrate capabilities they've never ever had before. As a result of automation, one could argue that wealth is being concentrated more and more toward the people who own the automation. Fewer and fewer people need to be employed while productivity is continuing to increase at an incredible rate. What do we do about the fact that robots/AI/software are taking human jobs at an ever increasing rate? Would you support a minimum basic income? We're heading from a world of "Have" and "Have-nots" to a world of "Haves" and "Super-haves". I think the final result of technology is a sort of "Technology-socialism" where tech is handling our basic needs... now i'm personally a libertarian-capitalist by nature.
As we move towards a world of abundance and greater connectivity, do you see us abandoning cities in favor of a more decentralized rural life? I think that we are social creatures and like handing out. I thing we may move towards smaller cities, but most of us will want to be in some populatoin centers. I do think that the biggest impact here willbe virtual worlds with very high (think "Avatar the movie") level realism which is coming ver soon.
With initiatives like Bitgov and The Online Party of Canada, when will we see the shift to digital direct democracy take root? I would love to see a "true democracty" evolve, but i fear that this won't happen gracefully for larger nations... and will likely happen in smaller governments or off world.
A year ago someone brought up the question of abundance and its implication on labor. As technology takes over more complex tasks (via automation) less labor is needed. However, if we reach a critical point where labor needs decrease dramatically there is no economic population to purchase the output (as they would have no jobs). While total "abundance" is perhaps unreachable there has to be a tipping point where labor markets and automation balance each other out. Would you mind commenting on this concept, its implications and perhaps limitations? Thank You. GREAT question... There is a race to the bottom. What you say above is true. It is also true that were we spend our money... Health, education, energy etc is "Demonetizing" i.e. tech is making it effectively FREE, so we will need less money. ALSO, and ultimately we will partner with technology. I'm an engineer and i look at boundary conditions... the final result is nanotech.. and if i have a nanobot, i don't need any money.
Hi Peter. What is your opinion on crypto-currencies like bitcoin? I believe that we're going to have some new global currencies coming into existance this next decade. Whether or not bit-coin will succeed and dominate is tbd, but the easy and need is clearly there.
Hey Peter! Where do you think humanity will be in the year 2113?? A hundred years is an extraordinarily long horizon to predict, especially since the rate of innovation is accelerating. I believe that in a hundred years society will look nothing like it does today, we will be engineering life in fundamentally new ways. We will have expanded far beyond the earth’s surface, beyond the moon and mars; we will have co-evolved with robots and AI in unique ways that we cannot predict.
of all, I just wanted to tell you that becoming a part of SEDS completely changed my life, and for that I thank you. Now on to my question: Your photo on your Wikipedia article depicts you flying in Microgravity, however it doesn't appear to be Zero-G Corp's 727. I've always wondered, what plane was this? It has so much space! GREAT Observation... that photos is in the IL-76 the Russian cargo plane used for Zero-G flights in Star City -- this was the first time i flew in Zero-G... and this was before i was able to convince the FAA to allow us to do Zero-G legally in the US. BTW, SEDS ROCKS... Its where i learned everything i know use in business.. Students FOr the Exploration and Development of Space -- Go SEDS!
Hey Peter, I have a bit of a hypothetical for you. If we (humanity) discovered that some form of faster than light travel were possible (via small scale lab experiments or what have you), and it was at least conceivable to be scaled up (as apposed to a method that would require unobtainable amounts of energy), how quickly do you think we would jump on that opportunity? Do you think there would be a "explosion" of efforts? or would it be more likely that the funding would be unimpressive? Interesting question. The similar situation exists today with Cold Fusion... or zero-point energy. I have alot of incredbility brilliant friends who swear that it is real. Why isn't there more money being spent to figure that out? Because there's still a big controversy. It has to get to super credible and then he money will pour in...
Is the X Prize working out financially for the organizers and would you encourage people in other countries outside of USA to start similar organizations ??? The XPRIZE is a non-profit, so there's not a financial measure of benefit to the organizers. There is a benefit to humanity that the effort is working. What i can say is that we are opening XPRIZE India next spring, so i'm excited about that and are working with benefactors and companies around the world. I do believe (expect, hope) others will emulate us in success... we're also willing to partner with those who are serious players.
1) What role do you think resource reclamation and re-utilisation will play? Do we need to focus on utilising our resources more as if they were part of a closed system or as an open system subsidised by offworld resources? Should there be an XPRIZE which seeks to enhance our processes and technology to reuse and reclaim our terrestrial resources? 2) Looking further towards the future, what role should "resource synthesis", either natural or artificial play? For example, Helium-3 via radioactive decay or precious metals via particle accelerators and/or irradiation. Should we be headed in a direction of exploring ways to safely and affordably CREATE resources in quantities sufficient for commercial usage? Should there be an XPRIZE that moves us towards this goal? As humanity goes from 1,8 billion poeple connected on line to 7B plus over the next 10-15 years we are going to need all the resources we can get our hands on... so yes, of course using terrestrial resources and using them efficiently is critical... space base resources for use in space will also allow us to expland our footprint and i expect some of he SBR will be useful back here too.
As abundance becomes the standard, what do you see happening to the value of money? Would there be a new currency such as Time, Materials, or Ideas or would we just continue to use some sort of common denomination to pay for goods and services? I answered a similar question. The end result of technology is "technological socialism" where our basic needs are being met by Tech. I do think we will be re-inventing the economy (or what ever that means) and will end up where energy and information are the two most precious resources.
What mundane day to day thing on earth would you miss if you decided to live in space and eventually Mars? I think i'd miss ALOT about Earth... but definitely not the LA Traffic. Its all about choice. Peter's second law: When given a choice take both.
Do you have any cool news regarding innovation in Agriculture? Agriculture Innovation is Urban/Vertical Farming and re-engineering plants to make them more efficient and produce the proteins we need/want.
How long did it take you to paint the space mural in your room at TDC? That's funny. The mural in my room in TDC is actuall wall paper that i purchase and put up. My nickname at TDC was "Pete In Space" -- which often got reduce to PIS... and for that reason my room was named the Urinal, because PIS lives there. I wanted to call it the Galactic Empire... but i lost :-(
Our financial system and economic thinking is based on scarcity, but you and others argue there is in fact an abundance of resources. As technology unlocks more resources (where yesterday we used oil/gas for energy, now we look to renewable energy sources, etc.) do you see any structural changes to the global financial system? Michael, we are heading towards a massive chance in our economic system. When most everything you need is "effectively free" what does that mean? How does that work? Probably looking a bit like the Star Trek universe when your replicator can create any material thing you want. Ultimately (i) Energy and (ii) information will be the two critical currencies.
Thanks for doing this AMA. What have you competed in and lost, and what have you learned from that? I have started about 15 companies over the last few decades and a number of those have been spectacular failures and some of been great successes. In the failures there’s one in particular that comes to mind, it was a company called International Microspace, which was focused on building very low cost launch vehicles. The original vision was a launch vehicle that could take 100 kilograms to orbit for 1 million dollars. When we launched that company it was an impossible goal and because the nearest money available was from the defense department we started chasing DOD contracts which wanted a launch vehicle that looked much larger and met all the DOD requirements which meant it was going to be much more expensive. Ultimately we ended up building that vehicle and winning $100 million contract from the government, but the vehicle never got built and was never launched. I learned to really stay true to your visions and not go chasing someone else’s requirements because if you do you’ll end looking like everyone else.
Hey Peter, Sorry to flatter, but I was a student at a talk you gave via Skype to the UK Space Conference. That talk is what persuaded me to become an entrepreneur.. Anyway my question: With the work of Planetary Resources focusing on unmanned exploitation of asteroids, what economic roles do you see manned space travel fulfilling in the solar system in the near future? Hi there. Thanks! I think human participation is critical. Its about expanding humanity and civiliation and culture. We humans are the carriers of culture. Also i think people want to explore... we have an "Exploration Gene phenotype" so pure desire and adventure.
Hi Peter, last year Chris Lewicki from Planetary Resources participated in a feasibility study regarding NASA's planned Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization mission. Are you content with the involvement of the private sector so far? How do you think is the Asteroid Initiative going to shape the future of Planetary Resources or private spaceflight in general? I'm super psyched about the progress of PRI. We've got an incredible team and we're going to be making it happen. I hope that the government (NASA) will have the insight to partner and inspire entrepreneurial companies. The deal they got by backing SpaceX has been extraordinary... probably saved them 10X the $$ and wouldn't have never gotten the results from contracting with a traditional player.
Dr. Diamandis, first of all thanks for taking these questions! Your work and specifically your book Abundance has helped inspire my young career in government/policy. My motivation is to allow entrepreneurs who create these solutions to actually implement then by having a government that empowers them and doesn't stop then through unnecessary regulations. What is your take on the governments role in a 21st century world? Great question. I believe it is going to be changing alot. Many of our government policies, procedures, laws were designed for the 1800's and how we're going to deal with the explosive growth of Tech and its empowerment of individuals is going to be "interesting" at best. I honestly wondering this question myself!
When will we be able to install software on our brains? Technically now. There are implants for various neuro-related diseases that are software driven. But what you mean, more like BCI related work, i think we'll start with the first real efforts within 10 years and then have "Google On the Brain" as an app inside of 20.
Peter - Thank you for all of your inspiring work. I am a professional engineer with a good job, loving family and I am very blessed. I also am an inventor so many ideas to that can make the world a better place. I, like so many, lack the financial resources (and the time) to transform these ideas into reality. The XPRIZE model is wonderful, but it doesn't help with the seed money to be able to compete. My question is: can you recommend or are you aware of non-conventional ways to raise capital outside of banks, angel investors and venture capitalists? I understand what you mean. Luckily there is a solution in crowd funding. If you look at the availability of $$ from Kickstarter, INdieGoGo, RocketHub, etc it is growing exponentially. $2.8B in 2012 growing to $15B in 2015. There is natural tie here that is very exciting where the public funds the teams solving the problems of greatest interest to them.
How near is the Singularity? That is a question that I really don’t think about while my good friend, business partner, and XPRIZE trustee Ray Kurzweil can give you his answer, which I believe is within the next 30 years or so. I’m personally not focused on “The Singularity,” I’m more focused on the transformation of humanity into a world of abundance where people have their basic needs be met. So I’m also focused more on the next 2-10 years and how technology is transforming the ability of an entrepreneur to solve the world’s grand challenges and changing the fabric of society. I think most people don’t realize how powerful the changes coming this decade will be.
Hello Peter, glad to join the conversation (once again). Many thanks to engage with the crowd despite your packed schedule. Thanks a lot, and best regards Ralf. Ralf, great to hear from you. thank you for all of your continued help promoting my work! You are awesome. Marissa sends here best.
We have just started a science art prize to encourage scientists in the nano- and bio-tech field (as this is strong here in Dresden) in order to give scientists a way to express their research findings in new, and disruptive ways while working together with an artist on a project. My question: what advice do you have to accelerate the process of engagement of scientists & artists to bring innovations to the public (through a new vehicle: art)? I think the XPRIZE is my solution to your question... Also XPRIZE is working on a new platform called HeroX to help take what XPRIZE does to massive scale.
IPhone or Droid? What app can't you live without? For me, the answer is Android. While I love the design and beauty of the iPhone, I am very much an “open source kind of guy.” I think in the final result open source will trump any closed ecosystem and I think ultimately android will outpace and outstrip anything that the apple universe can create. Regarding apps I can’t live without, I probably would have to answer my navigation applications since my personal ability to navigate is limited to up and down! I have zero sense of direction. And in a world of Google maps, I appear to be much smarter than I actually am.
If you could magically solve one problem with the Ocean tomorrow, what would it be and why? I think there are two problems that I’m concerned about – one is acidification, which is why we launched the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, and the second is the depletion of various large fish from our oceans. I am a scuba diver and I love exploring the beauty of this magical underwater world, and the notion that my kids will not have access to that beauty concerns me greatly. I think that awareness, access to real measureable data and the intelligent use of technology is the lever we have to make a difference and we at the XPRIZE intend to use this to solve these problems to the greatest degree we can.
What field needs to be disrupted next? I think the world of healthcare and education are massively ripe for disruption and if left on their own will collapse. But I hope through the work at the XPRIZE and Singularity University, we can accelerate this process. My dad recently went through our healthcare system and it scared the living daylights out of me. How could it be so bad? How can it be so confusing? How can it be so impersonal? I think that technology and entrepreneurs will reinvent this field causing many of the large giants to become disrupted in this next decade. Also, because I have two toddlers at home, I think about how they will be educated, how they will learn. Again, I think that our current education system was designed for the last century and there are much better ways to enable our children to learn what is important in society today.
Are you preparing an XPRIZE realated to 3D printing? Great idea. I'd love to. I'm a huge of 3D (digital printing) but don't have an XPRIZE there. 3D is more a solution than a challenge. We've thought a Rapid Home contruction XPRIZE for post disaster or poor nations.. 3Dp could play a role here.
Loved your book Abundance. Really put the my mind in the state that it needs to be to make big things happen. In the next 3-5 years, what is one project you would like to see XPRIZE go after? Thank you. In the next 3 - 5 years we're doing a lot of fun and important prizes. I want to disrupt our educatoin system and healthcare system for one. They are both massively broken and need revitalization. I would love to do an Earthquake predicition xprize and an organogensis xprize.
Hey Peter, thx for doing the AMA! My question: How can we organize economy in a world in which machines do all the work and how can we avoid people degenerating to stupid and bored individuals without a purpose in this world?! The first part is going to look more like star trek. I think the second part is going to result as we merge with technology and increase our congnitive and physical ability.
Peter, you've obviously thought a lot about various global issues facing us throughout the years. So what is humanity's grandest challenge? Ultimately I think humanity’s grandest challenge is the transformation we’re going to undergo over the next 30 years as technology begins to transform how we live every aspect of our life, what it means to be human and even the very nature of the fabric of society. I don’t know what the answer is, but we’re going to begin to co-evolve with technology in some unique fashions which will scare a lot of people but also relieve a lot of suffering. So our grandest challenge is the evolutionary process that we are now entering that will accelerate over the next three decades.
What are the advantages of a privatized future-tech industry, as opposed to gov't funded? Like SpaceX vs NASA.. Seems that if the US gov't is going to pay for the ships to get to the ISS through a contract with SpaceX, wouldn't it be more economical (in the long run) to just invest more in its own space-agency? Government is not about efficiency. Private industry is. Ultimately government (NASA) should be more like DAPRA, setting goals, prizes, etc and incentivizing private industry to do it faster, cheaper and better.
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