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The Amount Of Computing Power Dedicated To Mining Bitcoin Has Gone Parabolic

ANDY KIERSZ

8 MINUTES AGO 








Bitcoin mining is becoming a serious business.





This chart, from Bitcoin wallet service and block explorer Blockchain.info, shows the amount of computational power worldwide dedicated to Bitcoin mining — the process of maintaining the public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions, and of being rewarded new Bitcoins for participating in this process.




 In just the last few months, this amount has exploded:







BlockChain











The chart shows the number of "gigahashes per second" being processed on the Bitcoin network.



 A hash is a cryptographic function that takes a large amount of data and generates from it a much smaller number. This is done in such a way that a very small change in the original piece of data will result in a very different hash number. 




Hashes are thus used in cryptography to show that a piece of data has not been tampered with — if the data has been altered, it is easy to see this, since the changed message will give a very different hash number than …

The 18 Most Corrupt Countries In The World

POLITICS

More: Corruption




MICHAEL KELLEY





DEC. 3, 2013, 6:33 AM 





CPI

Transparency International has published its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their administrative and political institutions are perceived to be on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) and a 100 (very clean).



Compiled from a combination of surveys and assessments of "the abuse of entrusted power for private gain," the CPI is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide.

Syria, in the midst of a brutal civil war, dropped eight points in the last year as government officials profit from the food crisis.







Libya, in the midst of post-revolutionary turmoil, dropped six points to surpass Iraq in official corruption.




Here's the top 18:




CPI








Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, and Sweden are list as the four least corrupt countries while the U.S. came in 19th.









And here's an interactive version of the map:




SEE ALSO: The Four Least Corrupt Countries In The…

The Top 10 Future Predictions by Michio Kaku

Filed under: Future Predictions by futurepredictions 






December 2, 2013







In a recent article in the New York Times by Michio Kaku, he really expands his views on a fast changing landscape of wonderful things to come, access to the article link is below:





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A Scientist Predicts the Future

By MICHIO KAKU
The New York Times Company
Published: November 28, 2013



1. Computers Will Disappear

2. Augmented Reality Will Be Everyday Reality


3. The Brain-Net Will Augment the Internet


4. Capitalism Will Be Perfected

5. Robots Will Be Commonplace


6. Aged Body Parts Will Be Replaced


7. Parents Will Design Their Offspring


8. Cybermedicine Will Extend Lives


9. Dictators Will Be Big Losers


10. Intellectual Capitalism Will Replace Commodity Capitalism