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Latest significant advancements in computing. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of improvements within the realm of computing on society and humanity.

This Algae Powered a Computer for a Year With Just Water and Sunlight

Nearly three billion years ago, oceanic mats of cyanobacteria, called blue-green algae, transformed Earth's atmosphere by converting carbon dioxide into the oxygen we complex animals breath. In their time on the planet, they've survived...

Nanomagnetic Computing Could Drastically Cut AI’s Energy Use

As the Internet of Things expands, engineers want to embed AI into everything, but the amount of energy it requires is a challenge for the smallest and most remote devices. A new “nanomagnetic” computing...

The Ideal Qubit? Future Quantum Computers Could Crunch Data With Single Electrons on Neon Ice

The digital world—your laptop, the internet it's connected to, and the companies that make it all go—sits on a foundation of bits. These bits are the language digital computers speak. Bits come in two flavors:...

Scientists Just Cracked One-Way Superconductivity, Thought Impossible for Over 100 Years

Today's computers guzzle large amounts of electricity, raising concerns about the climate impact of technology. A breakthrough in superconducting electronics could reduce the power bill significantly, while also making computers far faster. The phenomenon of...

Neutral Atom Quantum Computers Edge Closer to Reality With Two New Breakthroughs

Neutral atom quantum computers promise solutions to many of the problems that beset today’s devices, but the technology is still nascent. Recent breakthroughs in the ability to control and program these devices suggest they...

This ‘Quantum Memristor’ Could Enable Brain-Like Quantum Computers

Quantum and neuromorphic approaches both hold the promise of fundamentally rewriting the way we do computing. And now they have been merged after researchers developed a "quantum memristor" that could form the basis of...

NVIDIA’s Tiny New AI Transforms Photos Into Full 3D Scenes in Mere Seconds

There was a time when converting an old photograph into a digital image impressed people. These days we can do a bit more, like bringing vintage photos to life à la Harry Potter. And...

Moore’s Law: Scientists Just Made a Graphene Transistor Gate the Width of an Atom

There's been no greater act of magic in technology than the sleight of hand performed by Moore's Law. Electronic components that once fit in your palm have long gone atomic, vanishing from our world...

The Most Complete Digital Replica of a Living Cell Yet Grows Like the Real Thing

Scientists have long made digital simulations of the universe on the grandest scales. Now they're turning their attention to smaller systems—though those systems are no less grand. The cells in our bodies are like their...

What Is the Metaverse? A Beginner’s Guide to Tech’s Latest Obsession

A couple months ago, friends and business contacts started asking me for a crash course on my professional research studying virtual environments. Their interest reflects an explosion—which you’ve probably noticed—of noise and hype surrounding...

New Chip Rewires Itself Like the Brain to Help AI Learn Continuously

One of the reasons for the brain's incredible power is its ability to rewire itself as it learns. Now researchers have created electronic circuits that can do the same. Efforts to mimic the brain in...

Quantum Computers Could Crack Bitcoin. Here’s What It Would Take

Quantum computers could cause unprecedented disruption in both good and bad ways, from cracking the encryption that secures our data to solving some of chemistry’s most intractable puzzles. New research has given us more...

Meta Is Making a Monster AI Supercomputer for the Metaverse

Meta is building a new supercomputer to train enormous machine learning algorithms. Though only partially complete, the AI Research Supercluster (RSC) already ranks among the most powerful machines on the planet. When it's finished,...

Quantum Computing in Silicon Breaks a Crucial Threshold for the First Time

Quantum computers made from the same raw materials as standard computer chips hold obvious promise, but so far they've struggled with high error rates. That seems set to change after new research showed silicon...

These Will Be the Earliest Use Cases for Quantum Computers

Quantum computing is expected to revolutionize a broad swathe of industries. But as the technology edges closer to commercialization, what will the earliest use cases be? Quantum computing is still a long way from going...

IBM’s 127-Qubit Eagle Is the Biggest Quantum Computer Yet

Progress in quantum computing is no longer just about how big your chip is. But IBM has taken a major leap forward with the release of a 127-qubit processor. Milestones in quantum computing are getting...

Nvidia’s New Supercomputer Will Create a ‘Digital Twin’ of Earth to Fight Climate Change

It’s crunch time on climate change, and companies, governments, philanthropists, and NGOs around the world are starting to take action, be it through donating huge sums of money to the cause, building a database...

New Spiking Neuromorphic Chip Could Usher in an Era of Highly Efficient AI

When it comes to brain computing, timing is everything. It’s how neurons wire up into circuits. It’s how these circuits process highly complex data, leading to actions that can mean life or death. It’s...

New Optical Switch Is Up to 1,000 Times Faster Than Silicon Transistors

As Moore's Law slows, people are starting to look for alternatives to the silicon chips we've long been reliant on. A new optical switch up to 1,000 times faster than normal transistors could one...

Intel’s Brain-Inspired Loihi 2 Chip Can Hold a Million Artificial Neurons

Computer chips that recreate the brain's structure in silicon are a promising avenue for powering the smart robots of the future. Now Intel has released an updated version of its Loihi neuromorphic chip, which...

How Quantum Computers Can Be Used to Build Better Quantum Computers

Using computer simulations to design new chips played a crucial role in the rapid improvements in processor performance we’ve experienced in recent decades. Now Chinese researchers have extended the approach to the quantum world. Electronic...

Cerebras Upgrades Trillion-Transistor Chip to Train ‘Brain-Scale’ AI

Much of the recent progress in AI has come from building ever-larger neural networks. A new chip powerful enough to handle “brain-scale” models could turbo-charge this approach. Chip startup Cerebras leaped into the limelight in...

Why Bother Calculating Pi to 62.8 Trillion Digits? It’s Both Useless and Fascinating

Swiss researchers at the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden this week claimed a new world record for calculating the number of digits of pi—a staggering 62.8 trillion figures. By my estimate, if these digits...

How a Simple Crystal Could Help Pave the Way to Full-Scale Quantum Computing

Vaccine and drug development, artificial intelligence, transport and logistics, climate science—these are all areas that stand to be transformed by the development of a full-scale quantum computer. And there has been explosive growth in...

Arm’s New Flexible Plastic Chip Could Enable an ‘Internet of Everything’

The ultimate goal of the Internet of Things (IoT) is to build computing capabilities into every object in the world, but that’s a pipe dream with today’s chips. Now British chip designer Arm thinks...

Google Gets One Step Closer to Error-Corrected Quantum Computing

One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of useful quantum computers is how error-prone today's devices are. Now, Google has provided an experimental demonstration of how to correct this problem and scale...

Japan Sets New Record for Internet Speed at 319 Terabits per Second

Ever wonder why the internet, as a whole, didn’t break when Covid-19 hit? In a matter of weeks, online habits changed dramatically. Kids went to school on Zoom; adults followed suit at work. Desperate to...

A Nanowire Network That Mimics the Brain Could Inspire New Designs in AI

The neural networks that power today’s leading AI systems can vastly outperform the human brain when it comes to picking out patterns in large tracts of static data. But when there’s little data to...

Each of These Microscopic Glass Beads Stores an Image Encoded on a Strand of DNA

Increasingly, civilization’s information is stored digitally, and that storage is abundant and growing. We don't bother deleting those seven high-definition videos of the ceiling or 20 blurry photos of a table corner taken by...

A Google AI Designed a Computer Chip as Well as a Human Engineer—But Much Faster

AI has finally come full circle. A new suite of algorithms by Google Brain can now design computer chips—those specifically tailored for running AI software—that vastly outperform those designed by human experts. And the system...

Scientists in Spain Just Got a Step Closer to Building a Practical Quantum Repeater

A quantum internet could play a key role in tying together many of the most promising applications for quantum technologies. The main impetus for quantum communication networks today is security, because a feature of...

IBM’s New Chip Technology Shows Off the Next Big Step in Moore’s Law

Increasingly, modern life depends on how skillfully we shuttle electrons through the nanoscale mazes etched on computer chips. These processors aren’t just for laptops anymore—they’re used in your car, your thermostat, your refrigerator and...

Advancing AI With a Supercomputer: A Blueprint for an Optoelectronic ‘Brain’

Building a computer that can support artificial intelligence at the scale and complexity of the human brain will be a colossal engineering effort. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have...

The World’s Biggest AI Chip Now Comes Stock With 2.6 Trillion Transistors

The world's biggest AI chip just doubled its specs—without adding an inch. The Cerebras Systems Wafer Scale Engine is about the size of a big dinner plate. All that surface area enables a lot more...

Honeywell Just Released Details About How Its Quantum Computer Works

Engineering giant Honeywell burst into the quantum computing race out of left field last year. Now the company has provided the first concrete details of how its device works in a peer-reviewed journal. Unlike its...

Fiber Optics Could Be the Key to Million-Qubit Quantum Computers

Bridging the gap between the cryogenically-cooled inner workings of quantum computers and the conventional electronics that control them is an outstanding challenge. Current approaches look unlikely to scale, but new research suggests optical fiber...

Quantum Computing and Reinforcement Learning Are Joining Forces to Make Faster AI

Deep reinforcement learning is having a superstar moment. Powering smarter robots. Simulating human neural networks. Trouncing physicians at medical diagnoses and crushing humanity’s best gamers at Go and Atari. While far from achieving the flexible,...

Nanophotonics Could Be the ‘Dark Horse’ of the Quantum Computing Race, New Paper Says

The race to build the first practical quantum computers looks like a two-horse contest between machines built from superconducting qubits and those that use trapped ions. But new research suggests a third contender—machines based...

As Moore’s Law Slows, Chip Specialization Could Undermine Computing Progress

For decades, the computer chips that run everything from PCs to spaceships have looked remarkably similar. But as Moore’s Law slows, industry leaders are moving towards specialized chips, which experts say threatens to undermine...

Graphene ‘Nano-Origami’ Could Take Us Past the End of Moore’s Law

Wonder material graphene is often touted as a potential way around the death of Moore's Law, but harnessing its promising properties has proven tricky. Now, researchers have shown they can build graphene chips 100...

IBM’s New Software Will Make Quantum Programs Run 100 Times Faster

The companies building quantum computers have made incredible progress in recent years, and the hardware is only half the problem. Now industry leader IBM has shared its vision of how we're going to develop...

This ‘Quantum Brain’ Would Mimic Our Own to Speed Up AI

Unless you’re in the lithium battery or paint business, you’re probably not familiar with cobalt. Yet according to a new paper, it may be the secret sauce for an entirely new kind of computer—one...

Connecting Distant Qubits Just Brought Distributed Quantum Computing Closer

Quantum computers could change the world, but first we need to work out how to build ones that are big enough to live up to this potential. A new breakthrough in the ability to...

New IBM Research Means We Could Soon Train Neural Networks on a Smartphone

The neural networks that power today’s AI are incredibly powerful, but training them can require entire server farms and huge amounts of energy. A new approach from IBM suggests we may be able to...

How a Software Map of the Entire Planet Could Change the World Forever

i “3D map data is the scaffolding of the 21st century.” –Edward Miller, Founder, Scape Technologies, UK Covered in cameras, sensors, and a distinctly spaceship looking laser system, Google’s autonomous vehicles were easy to spot when...

New Quantum Computer in China Claims Quantum Advantage With Light

The amazing thing about quantum computers isn't that they’re currently revolutionizing computers as we know them. The machines are still clunky, finicky, expensive, and not too practical. They may have a big impact one...

The Trillion-Transistor Chip That Just Left a Supercomputer in the Dust

The history of computer chips is a thrilling tale of extreme miniaturization. The smaller, the better is a trend that’s given birth to the digital world as we know it. So, why on earth would...

New Display Packs 10,000 PPI and Could Paint Stunning VR Worlds

You can plausibly say today’s virtual reality is a descendent of smartphones. The affordable sensors, chips, and high-resolution displays critical to rendering a decent VR experience were engineered for iPhones and Galaxys not Rifts...

Scientists Just Achieved Room Temperature Superconductivity for the First Time

Superconductivity could be the key to groundbreaking new technologies in energy, computing, and transportation, but so far it only occurs in materials chilled close to absolute zero. Now researchers have created the first ever...

IBM Plans to Have a 1,000-Qubit Quantum Computer by 2023

The point at which quantum computers transition from expensive science experiments to a technology that could reshape the future always seems about a decade away. But a new technology roadmap from IBM suggests that...

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