Bitcoin Tops $20,000


After the rodeo last week, when the cost of Bitcoin increased by more than $ 5,000 in two days, there was a relative calm this week. Trades were held in the corridor from $ 15,000  to $ 17,500.

But this relative calm has not continued for a long time. Already on Saturday, the bitcoin rate overcame the mark of $19,000 and reached $19,500. On Sunday, the rise in the price of the crypto currency resumed, resulting in $20,000 mark. According to the Coinmarketcap resource, the cost of Bitcoin set a new record for mark $20089 for one cryptocoin. Accordingly, the capitalization of the crypto currency reached $326 billion. Then a small pullback followed the level of $ 19.6 thousand.


Just as reminder, at the end of last month – November 28 – the price of Bitcoin was for the first time $10,000. Thus, in less than 3 weeks, the value of crypto currency increased by the next $10,000.

Harry Potter Sequel was Written by… Robot

The team of developers from the Botnik Studios posted a new book about Harry Potter written by the artificial neural network. They share three pages of it on Twitter. Joanne Rowling fans think the story is a little strange, but at the same time find it interesting enough. In just a day, the post has collected more than 57 thousand likes and more than 27 thousand reposts.


The text is called “Harry Potter and the Portrait of what Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash”. Predictive Writer is the algorithm, with the help of which this text was written. It was taught on the seven books about Harry Potter. Its work is akin to the autofill algorithms of messengers and “smart” keyboards. The Predictive Writer dictionary coincides with the original texts dictionary; it includes the names of the characters, fictional creatures and characteristic jargon.

However, this dictionary sometimes creates unexpected combinations. For example, Ron Weasley tries to eat Hermione’s parents, and the Death Eaters kiss each other.


The source code of the program and the text itself are available on the developer’s site. Journalists note that the writing work of artificial intelligence can already be compared with “any good fanfic”. The genre of fanfics or fanfiction includes amateur texts based on popular original literary works. The epitome of such a genre has to preserve a faint imprint of the original author’s charm.

Great Global Warning. Recent Scientists’ Research


The diversity of climate models is the reason why the results of long-term climate change predictions are very different from each other. Some models predict a warming of only a few degrees, others are much more radical. People often point to more modest models, saying that the climate is not so bad. But, alas, researchers at the Carnegie Institution have found out that the most accurate models are those that are the most severe.

In a new study published in the international journal of science Nature, scientists have received data from satellites in recent decades with different climatic models.

In particular, this data included the amount of sunlight reflected back into space, and the amount of energy. Then the scientists analysed the climatic models to see which of them most accurately predicted the real state of things.

The scientists found that the most accurate were the models that predict the highest level of warming by the beginning of the next century.

According to the article, with a probability of 93%, the temperature will increase by the end of the century from the middle of the 19th century. In previous studies, this probability was estimated at 62%.

“Our results suggest that achieving any given global temperature stabilization target will require steeper greenhouse gas emissions reductions than previously calculated”, – Nature.


Artificial Intelligence Defeated the Chess Champions


Its name is AlphaZero; it defeated the world’s best chess program in four hours. Before the game, he knew nothing, but how the chess pieces are able to move.

Now AlphaZero is the best chess player on the Earth. This system created by Deepmind did not lose a single game of 100 games played in the tournament with Stockfish 8, the best chess program.

AlphaZero is a modified version of AlphaGo Zero, an artificial intelligence that recently won the tournament of Go with the famous AlphaGo. The latter won the world’s best human players.

The system works almost identically with AlphaGo Zero, but instead of it, the machine is programmed to play chess and shogi, another Japanese strategic game. AlphaZero acquired the needed skills without any assistance. Unlike all previous chess programs, it had no empirical data, no database with the archives of the chess games, no knowledge of chess strategies. He just knew the purpose of the game.


AlphaZero has learned not only how to play chess in four hours, but how to become an absolute chess champion. AlphaZero just began to play on its own repeatedly improving its skills. If it is possible to count in human terms, it spent about 1400 years playing chess during these four hours. The system can handle 800,000 positions per second, while Stockfish 8 can handle 70 million moves per second.

After the first success, it surpassed the AlphaGo playing Go in eight hours. At last, he won the program Elmo that used to be a champion in the game of shogi in two hours.



Kitties for 100 Thousand Dollars: How to Play CryptoKitties

A blockchain-based viral game about buying and breeding cryptokitties occupied 15% of Ethereum traffic in a week, earning almost $ 3 million from fans of virtual pets.


How to register in the game

First, you need to install the online wallet MetaMask. This is Ethereum extension for Chrome and Firefox browsers. Having registered an account in the system, you need to complete the filling of the profile on the site – you will only have to enter your e-mail and nickname. The mobile version of the game hasn’t been developed yet.

How to choose a kitten

Kittens can be bought on the internal exchange. Until November 2018 a new pet will be generated by the system every 15 minutes. Then the animals will appear only due to the pairing of other individuals. The value of each of them depends on the characteristics that are inherited from the parents. Now, for example, in the game there are only 160 jaguars and 93 maine coons. Also you can find rare species of a vampire or geek and cats, in the creation of which celebrities like Katy Perry and Elon Musk are involved. The Cooldown indicator determines how fast a cat can enter into new relationships.


How much pets cost

The price of the cats generated by the system is determined based on the cost of the last five animals sold. At the time of writing, she ranged from 9 to 13 Ethereum. The cost of the pets created by users is determined by their owners. It gradually decreases, if not willing to buy a cat.

How to breed crypto-animals

Users can not only buy, but also raise cryptokitties. Pets do not have a certain gender. To get newborn kitties you will need to pay 0.002 Ethereum. Each birth increases the time required for the cat to recover – it is gradually coming from a few minutes to a week.

Is it possible to get rich on this

The money that users receive for the cryptokitties get to the account in MetaMask. In the future, they can be spent and withdrawn by means of exchanges. Reddit, for example, already shares stories, how to earn  $3,200 in just a couple of days, investing in the game only $40.

The developers themselves – studio Axiom Zen – earn on the sale of the generated kitties and commission of 3.75% from each transaction.

YouTube Will Have Its own Version of Stories


Owners of social networks have already come to the conclusion that regular   text comunnication is not enough for users. It is becoming more fashionable and interesting to use visual technologies.

In one of the next updates of YouTube, a new option for placing video for the Reels column will be available. It’s the local version of “Stories”. Stories are already present on SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook and VKontakte.

The main difference between “Reels” and any other similar service is that the stories are not deleted after a certain period of time and are stored exactly as long as the owner of videos wants.

Each video will be no longer than thirty seconds. To each video you can add your music, desired subtitles, stickers, bindings to other videos and other attributes applied to the main content of the video platform. It can be short stories on travel, sketches from the life of the user, or live broadcast from various events – it’s up to authors of the video.


At the moment, this option passes the testing phase and there are still no exact dates when the ability to add own stories will become available to the main audience of the site. It can be very useful for famous bloggers to share their personal day-to-day life and keep in touch with audience.