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๐Ÿ‘‰ Issue #33 of QX Snapshots is out!





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โ›“ [๐๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ง] ECB Explores Wholesale CBDC and DLT Interoperability. Earlier this month, the European Central Bank (ECB) held the third meeting of the New Technologies for Wholesale settlement covering DLT settlement systems and wholesale CBDC. It proposed starting with a call for participation in November for exploratory work in 2024. It also discussed the Bank for International Settlements' Unified Ledgerโ€™ concept. The ECB states that a single Unified Ledger would be difficult to implement practically and might not suit regional needs.


โ–ถ [๐๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ง] Project Mariana Cross-border exchange of wholesale CBDCs using automated market-makers - Final report is out!


๐Ÿค– [๐€๐ˆ] OpenAI's ChatGPT Unveils Advanced Voice and Image Features. OpenAI's ChatGPT is enhancing its interface by introducing voice and image functionalities. This new update allows users to engage in voice conversations and share images with ChatGPT, increasing its practicality. These features will be available to Plus and Enterprise users in the forthcoming weeks. The voice feature, accessible on iOS and Android, employs a novel text-to-speech model that creates human-like audio.


โ–ถ [๐€๐ˆ] Amazon Plans To Invest Up To $4 Billion In AI Startup Anthropic.


๐ŸŽ† [๐๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ] MIT Researchers Unveil High-Accuracy Quantum Computing Breakthrough. MIT researchers have demonstrated a new superconducting qubit architecture that enables quantum operations between qubits with much higher accuracy than previously achieved. They utilize fluxonium qubits which have longer lifespans than commonly used transmon qubits.


โ–ถ[๐๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ] Quantum Computing - Podcast with Carmen Recio and Sergio Gago, from Moodyโ€™s Analytics.


๐Ÿ’ป [๐Œ๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž] Meta's Photorealistic Avatars: A Leap Towards Virtual Realism. Mark Zuckerberg's latest demonstration of Meta's photorealistic avatar technology on the Lex Fridman podcast has garnered praise from previously skeptical internet users. The hour-long conversation between Fridman and Zuckerberg's metaverse avatars looked incredibly lifelike and realistic. The avatars were created using Meta's Codec Avatars technology.


โ–ถ [๐Ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก] SpaceX's Starshield: U.S. Space Force's $70 Million contract. SpaceX has won its first contract for Starshield, the defense-focused version of its Starlink satellite internet service, from the U.S. Space Force. The one-year, $70 million contract provides end-to-end Starshield service via SpaceX's Starlink satellites and ground equipment to support over 50 U.S. military mission partners.


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