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Second Skin Will Help You Look Younger in the Future
A significant amount of research is being done to counter aging in humans. However, a barrier exists where a person cannot look younger because of aging factors like wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. Amidst the booming $60 billion cosmetic industry, researchers at Harvard and MIT have come up with a transparent, silicone-based polymer ‘second skin’ that can protect from harmful sun rays and removes wrinkles.
“A wearable material layer that restores the normal skin mechanics and appearance is unprecedented and provides a platform to solve other cutaneous problems,” Researchers wrote.
The product is breathable, flexible, invisible and water-proof, and is being manufactured by a company founded by the researchers called Olivo Laboratories.
“We created a new material that is safe. We’ve put it on human beings. It’s adherent and mechanically strong. It’s easy to apply,” said Robert Langer, Biological Engineering Professor at MIT and Co-founder of Olivo Labs, “It’s kind of like an invisible Spanx that you could put on skin.”
Viv is the Digital Voice Assistant of the Future
After selling Siri (Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface) to Apple for an amount rumored to be in excess of $200 million, founders Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer have created a digital assistant that is much smarter and even more complex than Siri. Revealing Viv at Disrupt NYC, they have been developing the technology in secret for over 4 years.
"Viv is designed to be devices agnostic - think one platform, open to all services, for all devices, personalized for you. Viv's goal is to be ubiquitous so it will understand your preferences and history as you engage with it on your mobile device, or in your car, or with your smart device at home. Our sense is there will be a move away from having hundreds of different apps that act independently. These services will be integrated into everyday life. Viv will be the platform to enable it,” said Adam Koopersmith, Viv Investor.
Quantum Computers to Render Cryptography Obsolete in 20 Years
In a report titled “Report on Post-Quantum Cryptography”, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) predicts that quantum computers will make current cryptography system obsolete in two decades.
“In recent years, there has been a substantial amount of research on quantum computers - machines that exploit quantum mechanical phenomena to solve mathematical problems that are difficult or intractable for conventional computers. If large-scale quantum computers are ever built, they will be able to break many of the public-key cryptosystems currently in use,” the report states.
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