World first as two quantum computers go head to head
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until recently it hasn’t been possible to directly compare the performance of two or more quantum computing systems, but that barriers just been smashed   Scientists recently published the world’s first open source blueprint for a quantum computing device, and sure enough, no... Read more
MIT’s newest chip could bring speech recognition to every device
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we use and interact with devices is changing, increasingly we’ll be using our voices to control, interact and manage them   The butt of jokes as little as 10 years ago, automatic speech recognition is now on the verge of becoming people’s... Read more
Scientists publish a breakthrough architecture for the world’s first Quantum Computer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Building the world’s first commercial quantum computer will require international collaboration, and a plan, and it looks like we now have that plan   An international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, and made up of scientists from Google, Aarhus... Read more
Google’s Eric Schmidt says the “Internet will disappear”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the number of connected devices proliferates the internet we knew and loved is going away, and being replaced by something else, but what should we call it?   It’s obvious when you think about it – the end of the Internet is drawing... Read more
Entrepreneurs think blockchain is the future of cloud computing and HPC
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything changes, whether we call it disruption or something else, but as the world becomes increasingly distributed, as the plumbing of the internet continues to change, we can now see a way to disintermediate the giant cloud providers, build global supercomputers and move to... Read more
Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of computing power available to support them, now Intel and other chip companies are in an arms race to own the future of AI... Read more
The codeless computers of the future and the fall of the programming elite
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programming is one of todays most in demand skills but as we continue to train, not code our latest computer systems, the trend won’t last   Before the invention of the computer, most experimental psychologists thought the brain was an unknowable black box that... Read more
Scientists fry ions with microwaves to build highly scalable quantum computers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more Qubits a quantum computer can run the more powerful it becomes, this breakthrough could give researchers a new way to create ultra powerful, highly scalable systems in an affordable, simple way   Physicists from the University of Sussex, a member of the... Read more
Nvidia unveils the worlds most energy efficient supercomputer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of todays technology advances, such as AI and materials science, have been made possible by the dramatic increase in computing power that’s occurred over the last decade. Governments, such as China, Japan, the UK and the US are locked in a supercomputer arms... Read more
Computing at light speed, Princeton creates the worlds first photonic neural net
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neuromorphic chips that mimic how the human brain operates and carries out tasks still rely on silicon, moving to optical, or light, based computing will make them much faster, letting them process information multiple times faster than todays most advanced chips   Neural networks... Read more
Microsoft enters the race to build a viable quantum computer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are millions of times more powerful than todays traditional computers, if they can be developed and bought into the mainstream humanity will see major innovation breakthroughs across the board, from drug discovery to space travel   Microsoft, who earlier last year release... Read more
Super molecules help researchers create stable Qubits for Quantum computers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Stable Qubits will help people store and manipulate information that can then be processed millions of times faster by Quantum Computers   Researchers from the University of Manchester have taken a significant step closer to demonstrate that it is possible to create miniscule –... Read more
Scientists have found a way to turn your body into a computer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A chemical computer, one that doesn’t use electrical signals to communicate, means that we now, potentially, have a way to send computer instructions around the human body that won’t interfere with our nervous system   You probably take it for granted that the devices... Read more
Scientists have designed a nanoscale computer that’s smaller than a virus
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nanoscale computers could work inside, or outside the body to help control, direct and interact with other atomic, molecular or nanoscale devices and systems   While the trend for miniaturisation in consumer technology has been halted in recent years with the rise of the... Read more
Japanese researchers have built a computer brain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to model the human brain will help us create better treatments for neurological conditions, and might also help answer questions about consciousness and sentience   Researchers in Japan have used the powerful Riken K computer, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to... Read more
Scientists slam carbon out of diamonds to create the first quantum computing bridge
New breakthrough paves the way for the first practical quantum computers Quantum computers are a reality but unlike the first traditional computers, which were large enough to fill a room, most of today’s quantum computers are very small with one, five, or even 16 qubits at their core and getting... Read more
Berkeley Lab team pushes the limits to build a 1nm transistor
Berkeley Lab breakthrough might reboot Moores Law Transistor size is an important part of improving the price-performance of today’s computer systems – the smaller your transistors, the more you can fit on a chip and the faster and more efficient your processor can be. Accomplishing what was theorized to be impossible according... Read more
Microsoft experiments with underwater datacenters
The oceans are home to coral reefs, ship wrecks and now – datacenters Continuing its long tradition of datacenter experimentation in the name of efficiency, Microsoft announced it has been testing an unusual new datacenter concept – placing servers underwater out in the ocean. Close to half of today’s... Read more
Microsoft is turning Azure into the world’s largest supercomputer
Microsoft has been toying around with FPGAs and now they’re on track to turn Azure into the world’s biggest supercomputer Microsoft is embarking on a major upgrade of its Azure cloud platform and while the new hardware that the company is installing in its 34 datacenters around the world will... Read more
D-Wave readies a 2,000 qubit quantum computer for 2017 launch
D-Wave doubles the qubits and boosts previous models performance by 1,000 fold Forget logic based servers D-Wave Systems, the controversial quantum computing pioneer, will start shipping a quantum computer with 2,000 qubits – twice the size of its current 1,000 qubit D-Wave 2X in 2017. And, seven years down the road, it... Read more
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