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Bwoglines: Giant Leap For Computerkind Edition

On this sunny Wednesday, skating rinks in Central Park become Trump-free, while Google possibly changes the course of our future.

Happening in the World: In a new paper published in Nature, Google officially announced that it’s achieved quantum supremacy, which could allow computers to perform tasks at speeds inconceivable with today’s technology. Their processor was able to carry out a calculation in 200 seconds, whereas it would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputer 1o,000 years. This is a milestone in quantum computing that other experts have likened to landing on the moon. (CNET)

Happening in the US: A nearly weeklong teacher”s strike in Chicago has prevented student-athletes from competing in playoff tournaments, including the football playoffs starting on Nov. 2. Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff went on strike Thursday after their unions failed to settle a deal with the city for higher wages and more staff. (CNN)

Happening in NY: As New York approaches skating season, the Trump Organization, President Trump’s main business vehicle, has removed his name from Central Park’s two rinks. This falls in line with many other private properties such as the Trump SoHo Hotel that have also omitted his name due to his unpopularity with New Yorkers. (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: As part of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life’s year-long speaker series “Death and After”, Anya Bernstein from Harvard University will give a talk about her book The Future of Immortality, which explores the contemporary Russian visionaries who are striving to make human immortality a reality. The book talk will be from 6-8 p.m. at the International Affairs Building. To hear about fascinating accounts of techno-scientific and religious futurism, RSVP here.

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