by Eric Mack, New Atlas
So far, humans have relied on the written word to record what we know as history. When artificial intelligence researchers ran billions of those words from decades of news coverage through an automated analysis, however, even more patterns and insights were revealed. Continue reading How a computer sees history after “reading” 35 million news stories
Researchers conduct electricity using DNA-based nano-wires
Tinier than the AIDS virus — that is currently the circumference of the smallest transistors. The industry has shrunk the central elements of their computer chips to fourteen nano-meters in the last sixty years. Conventional methods, however, are hitting physical boundaries. Researchers around the world are looking for alternatives. One method could be the self-organization of complex components from molecules and atoms. Continue reading Computers made of genetic material?
Joint Quantum Institute
From credit card numbers to bank account information, we transmit sensitive digital information over the internet every day. Since the 1990s, though, researchers have known that quantum computers threaten to disrupt the security of these transactions.
That’s because quantum physics predicts that these computers could do some calculations far faster than their conventional counterparts. This would let a quantum computer crack a common internet security system called public key cryptography. Continue reading Artificial atoms shed light on the future of security
by Agam Shah, ComputerWorld
Researchers at North Carolina State University ‘dope’ microscopic diamonds with nitrogen ions to create stable qubits
Diamonds are among the most expensive gems in the world, but they could also serve as a building block for quantum computers.
Because diamonds are structurally sound, researchers believe they could eliminate some of the challenges involved in making stable quantum computers.
The potential of quantum computers is enormous — they could bring massive gains in computational power and ultimately replace today’s PCs and servers. Continue reading Diamonds could be building blocks for quantum computers
by Ashley Carman, The Verge
Zotac has introduced multiple mini PCs that are VR-ready and able to fit in backpacks, but now the company is planning to release a computer that comes with removable straps attached, according to Anandtech. I love an all-in-one purchase. The VR Go PC is packed with:
- Intel Core i7 processor
- GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card
- Removable battery
- 2.5-inch HDD or SSD bay
- One HDMI output
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- A power connector
- A proprietary cooling system
Continue reading Zotac’s new VR Go mini PC comes with straps, so you don’t have to buy a backpack
by Shelly Fan, Singularity Hub
For patient T6, 2014 was a happy year.
That was the year she learned to control a Nexus tablet with her brain waves, and literally took her life quality from 1980s DOS to modern era Android OS.
A brunette lady in her early 50s, patient T6 suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), which causes progressive motor neuron damage. Continue reading Scientists Hook Up Brain to Tablet – Paralyzed Woman Googles With Ease
by Ryan Daws, Telecom Tech News
Highlighting the momentous shift from desktop to mobile, for the first time ever mobile internet usage has overtaken its desktop counterpart.
If you look at players now synonymous with mobile – Apple and Google in particular – you’ll see how the shift from desktop to mobile has benefited some while others such as Microsoft – who stuck primarily with desktop – lost out. As this paradigm shift continues, mobile accounted for 51.3 percent of Internet usage worldwide in October compared to 48.7 percent by desktop. Continue reading Global mobile internet usage overtakes desktop for the first time
by Zayan Guedim, EDGYLABS
As the data Cloud grows, so do the energy-thirsty data centers that support its ocean of digital information. Trendsetting companies are going green to address concerns over how these centers are powered.
Microsoft recently announced it would step-up its efforts towards going green completely. It starts by powering its data centers with cleaner energy. By 2018, the company claims that it will depend on 50% renewable energy from wind, solar and hydroelectric sources. Data centers will be their largest energy consuming facilities over the next five years. While Microsoft uses 44% renewable energy today, it seeks to surpass 50% on its way to 60% renewable energy use at the beginning of the next decade. Continue reading Microsoft, Apple and other Tech Giants Compete to Go Green
by Andrew Tarantola, Engadget
Computers can now provide both results and their reasoning behind them.
Turns out, the inner workings of neural networks really aren’t any easier to understand than those of the human brain. But thanks to research coming out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), that could soon change. Continue reading MIT makes Neural Nets show their work