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Oct 22, 2017

Quantum Machine Goes in Search of the Higgs Boson

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

D-Wave system shows quantum computers can learn to detect particle signatures in mountains of data, but doesn’t outpace conventional methods — yet.

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Oct 19, 2017

Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, particle physics

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.

The incredible breakthrough will not only revolutionise the way we do chemistry but could be applied to enhance data storage and make faster electronics. The “once-in-a-decade” discovery has been published in Science.

The researchers dissolve metals in to create very thin oxide layers, which previously did not exist as layered structures and which are easily peeled away.

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Oct 17, 2017

A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn

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A tiny self-organized mesh full of artificial synapses recalls its experiences and can solve simple problems. Its inventors hope it points the way to devices that match the brain’s energy-efficient computing prowess.

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Oct 16, 2017

How North Korean hackers stole 235 gigabytes of classified US and South Korean military plans

Posted by in categories: computing, military

North Korea’s impressive cyber capabilities, explained.

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Oct 15, 2017

The Future May Owe Itself to Blockchain Technology. Here’s Why

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, computing, economics, internet, satellites

Sending satellites into space is going to continue to get cheaper since SpaceX proved it could reliably launch refurbished rockets. This is going to open up space exploration to more entities allowing for the continued democratization of space. Other technological advances could make a global space centered sharing economy a real possibility.

The rise of the internet and the ubiquity of mobile computing devices have changed everything from travel and shopping to politics – think Uber, Amazon, and Twitter.

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Oct 13, 2017

Intel moves towards production quantum computing with new 17-qubit chip

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Intel’s quantum computing efforts have yielded a new 17-qubit chip, which the company has just delivered to its partner in that field, QuTech in the Netherlands. It’s not a major advance in the actual computing power or applications — those are still in very early days — but it’s a step toward production systems that can be ordered and delivered to spec rather than experimental ones that live in a physics lab somewhere.

Intel’s celebration of this particular chip is a bit arbitrary; 17 isn’t some magic number in the quantum world, nor does this chip do any special tricks other quantum computer systems can’t. Intel is just happy that its history and undeniable expertise in designing and fabricating chips and architectures is paying off in a new phase of computing.

I chatted with Intel’s director of quantum hardware, Jim Clarke, about the new system.

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Oct 12, 2017

The quantum revolution is getting closer: Intel is manufacturing 17-qubit chips

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Manufacturing will be key to quantum computing, but don’t throw out your current processor just yet.

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Oct 11, 2017

Intel Accelerates Its Quantum Computing Efforts With 17-Qubit Chip

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, quantum physics

Intel says it is shipping an experimental quantum computing chip to research partners in The Netherlands today. The company hopes to demonstrate that its packaging and integration skills give it an edge in the race to produce practical quantum computers.

The chip contains 17 superconducting qubits—the quantum computer’s fundamental component. According to Jim Clarke, Intel’s director of quantum hardware, the company chose 17 qubits because it’s the minimum needed to perform surface code error correction, an algorithm thought to be necessary to scaling up quantum computers to useful sizes.

Intel’s research partners, at the TU Delft and TNO research center Qutech, will be testing the individual qubits’ abilities as well as performing surface code error correction and other algorithms.

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Oct 8, 2017

Microsoft Unveils Programming Language for Quantum Computing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

At its Ignite developer conference yesterday, Microsoft announced that it has developed a new programming language designed to not only run on current computers but on the most advanced machines of the future: quantum computers. Ignite is running from Sept. 25–29 in Orlando.

Like many other of the world’s largest tech companies, Microsoft has been working to develop quantum computers that could handle massively complex problems in minutes or seconds. Unlike today’s conventional devices that use the digital bits “0” and “1,” quantum computers use qubits that can act as 0s, 1s or both simultaneously.

Microsoft said its new quantum computing language, which has yet to be named, is “deeply integrated” into its Visual Basic development environment and does many of the things other standard programming languages do. However, it is specifically designed to allow programmers to create apps that will eventually run on true quantum computers.

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Oct 8, 2017

Google has unveiled plans to build quantum machines that are vastly superior to classical computers

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Intelligent Machines

Google reveals blueprint for quantum supremacy.

The ability of quantum machines to outperform classical computers is called quantum supremacy. Now Google says it has this goal firmly in its sights.

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