EVERYONE AGAINST CANCER

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EVERYONE AGAINST CANCER

by Ricardo Celaya

Cancer is certainly the biggest enemy of our times. This condition takes a toll on at least eight million lives a year worldwide, making it the leading cause of death in developed countries and the second in developing countries. It is therefore not surprising that today thousands of people work daily in designing technologies that help us prevent and treat this terrible disease. Read more

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ILLUMINA: SEQUENCERS AND THE DNA APP STORE

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ILLUMINA: SEQUENCERS AND THE DNA APP STORE

by Ricardo Celaya

A couple of weeks ago I went on a business trip to San Francisco and I had the great opportunity to visit Illumina, the worldwide leader company that provides products and services for mapping and analyzing the human genome. It was founded in 1998 and today it controls about 75% of the DNA sequencing and genotyping market in the world. Read more...

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QUANTUM COMPUTING: FROM BITS TO QUBITS

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QUANTUM COMPUTING: FROM BITS TO QUBITS

by Ricardo Celaya

In April this year, during a press conference aimed at the scientific community and various media, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tradeau surprised the world by explaining briefly but precisely, the basic principles of quantum computing. While the prime minister left us all with his mouth open, his knowledge on the subject should be no surprise, since Canada is one of the countries that most bet on this sector, which promises to revolutionize the computer industry by full. Read more...

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CRISPR: CUT, COPY AND CREATE

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CRISPR: CUT, COPY AND CREATE

by Ricardo Celaya

A few days ago, a team of scientists from the University of Sichuan in China made a very important announcement, not only for the scientific community but also for humanity in general. In August this year, the researchers will use the gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 (commonly known as CRISPR) for the first time in humans, in order to edit the genome of patients with lung cancer, for which traditional treatments have not been effective. But what is CRISPR and why this announcement should be of interest to all mankind? Read more...

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THIRTY YEARS FROM REACHING SUPERINTELLIGENCE?

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THIRTY YEARS FROM REACHING SUPERINTELLIGENCE?

by Ricardo Celaya

The world's smartest machine weighs less than two kilos and consumes only twenty watts of power, similar to the energy needed to light a bulb. This machine, so far unmatched by its capacity and energy efficiency, is the human brain. Hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have been necessary to provide humans with this intelligent organ, enabling us to develop language, reason, organize ourselves in society, and create technologies for our subsistence. It goes without enumerating the many discoveries and scientific advances that man has achieved until today. Our insatiable curiosity to understand the world around us and our constant quest to imitate nature, has led to the creation of important technologies for our benefit and maximize productivity. However, today we could be on the verge of one of the most important and transforming technological advances of all time. Are we able to develop machines or organisms that are smarter than ourselves? Read more...

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AN INVESTMENT TOPIC, NOT A SCIENCE FICTION ONE

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AN INVESTMENT TOPIC, NOT A SCIENCE FICTION ONE

by Ricardo Celaya

In Mountain View, California, a group of top scientists is assembled at the premises of Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a research centre developed by NASA, Universities Space Research Association, and Google. These scientists test algorithms using one of the first quantum computers in the world, a computer that is currently the size of a fridge, but promises to have the potential to be at least 100 million times faster than common processors. In the next suburb a company analyses saliva samples from hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, having collected $199 from each person in exchange for giving them details of their genotype. While this happens, in the city of Boston, on the east coast of the United States, a couple of engineering graduates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) design a reactor capable of using nuclear waste to generate energy.

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