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๐Ÿ‘‰ Issue #36 of QX Snapshots is out!






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โ›“ [๐๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ง] mBridge Cross-Border CBDC project, ECB Advances Digital Euro. The mBridge project, aiming for cross-border CBDC payments involving Thailand, Hong Kong, China, and the UAE, is set to launch in production next year. The ECB has advanced its digital euro project to the next phase, following a two-year investigation into its design and distribution. This phase, starting on 1 November 2023, will span two years and focus on finalizing rules and choosing platform providers.


โ–ถ [๐๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ง] Reddit is sunsetting its blockchain-based Community Points product.


๐Ÿค– [๐€๐ˆ] Anthropic Collective Constitutional AI, Stanford Foundation Model Transparency Index and WHO AI in Health. Anthropic and the Collective Intelligence Project ran a public input process with ~1000 Americans to draft an AI constitution. Stanford researchers introduced the โ€œFoundation Model Transparency Indexโ€, evaluating the transparency of AI foundation models from companies like OpenAI and Google.


โ–ถ [๐€๐ˆ] Can ChatGPT predict future interest rate decisions?


๐ŸŽ† [๐๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ] UBS is collaborating with organizations including GESDA, CERN, ETH Zurich, EPFL, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to launch the Open Quantum Institute (OQI) in Geneva. UBS commits to an annual CHF 2 million funding and shares its expertise, reinforcing Switzerland's prominence in quantum research.


โ–ถ[๐๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ] Europol will soon release its "Second Quantum Revolution" report. It examines the potential of quantum technology in law enforcement.


๐Ÿ’ป [๐Œ๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž] Macyโ€™s Metaverse Launch, FCC Gives VR/Metaverse Devices Thumbs Up for 6GHz Wi-Fi Band. Macy's unveils mstylelab, a novel engagement platform that seamlessly merges the physical and digital worlds of fashion. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unanimously approved major VR hardware companies to operate devices at the 6GHz wireless band without a license.


โ–ถ [๐Ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก] A new Stand.earth report โ€œWhy IT Companies Can and Need to Do More to Reduce Supply Chain Carbon Emissionsโ€ compared the climate initiatives of tech giants, revealing Apple as the frontrunner in urging suppliers to adopt renewable energy. Big Tech accounts for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, surpassing the aviation industry.

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