This week’s Actuator comes to you from backstage at THWACKcamp. That’s right, I’m in Austin loading up on pork products and taking part in our annual two-day live event. When I am not on the livestream, I will be in the chat room answering any and all questions that I am able. Can't wait!


As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


It’s alive! Scientists create ‘artificial life’ on a quantum computer

It's a simulation, i.e., it's code. But it's essentially the "Hello World" code for quantum computing. Something for us to build upon.


Are you a ‘cyberhoarder’? Five ways to declutter your digital life – from emails to photos

Data hoarding is a serious addiction, IMO. As a data professional I see the symptoms frequently. People need to learn to let go.


Life Is Dirty. So Is Your Data. Get Used To It.

Or, as I like to call it, “what happens when you allow stoners to perform data entry.”


Microsoft open-sources 60,000 patents to help Linux avoid lawsuits

Pretty sure a piece of adatole died when he heard this announcement.


Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot can now navigate obstacles Parkour-style and it’ll haunt your nightmares

Just in time for Halloween: a robot uprising!


Cryptocurrencies Just Plummeted $13 Billion in Value Over the Course of a Few Hours

Relax folks, it’s only a loss on paper. And, to be fair, these currencies never had real value to begin with, unless you were in the extortion business, or needed a kidney.


Criminals used Bitcoin to launder $2.5B in dirty money, data shows

As I was just saying...


Let’s do this!