IBM announces they’re developing a 50 qubit computer

IBM announces they’re developing a 50 qubit computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are on track to be the most powerful form of computing ever and once we start seeing systems that go beyond the 50 qubit mark we will be able to use them to solve some of the world’s most complicated problems.   At...

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World’s first liquid transistor could usher in a new era of liquid computers

World’s first liquid transistor could usher in a new era of liquid computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Moore’s Law is slowing and as we look to move computing to the edge of the network we need new forms of computing platforms, this is the first step in building the worlds first liquid computer.   For decades now transistors, those tiny electrical switches...

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Google says Quantum Supremacy is just months away

Google says Quantum Supremacy is just months away

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There will come a time when quantum computers will outperform even the fastest “classical” computers, and now that time could be just a few months away   The great promise of quantum computing is its ability to perform calculations of astonishing complexity that are far...

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China splurges $10 Billion to build a national quantum technology research center

China splurges $10 Billion to build a national quantum technology research center

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum technologies will transform the world by creating ultra-fast computing platforms, ultra-secure networks, and new forms of radar that will render stealth obsolete, and China wants to dominate the space   This week the Chinese government announced they would be spending upwards of $10 Billion...

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Watch: Intel unbox their exotic new 17 Qubit Quantum computing chip

Watch: Intel unbox their exotic new 17 Qubit Quantum computing chip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the era of silicon computing “fades” we’re entering the “Jurassic Era” of computing and seeing the emergence of many new and exotic types of computing platform, including chemical computing, DNA computing, Molecular computing, Quantum Computing and Photonic computing   On Tuesday Intel announced that...

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Caltech’s newest Smart Pill will one day track the nanobots in your body

Caltech’s newest Smart Pill will one day track the nanobots in your body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the next two decades or so we will be increasingly exposed to nanobots that can perform extraordinary feats as they move around inside our bodies, but up until now there’s not been any way to track them   The other day I made a...

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Researchers use just 14 atoms to build the world’s first 0.5nm transistor

Researchers use just 14 atoms to build the world’s first 0.5nm transistor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As silicon based transistors, the bed rock of today’s modern computing platforms, near their theoretical limits we will see the birth of several new types of computing platforms that will dominate the decades to come   We are always being told that Moore’s Law is...

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Microsoft unveils it’s new real time AI engine

Microsoft unveils it’s new real time AI engine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s that can analyse data in real time will become increasingly important as we come to rely on them more and more to help us make, and automate, decisions   It’s probably fair to say that in many cases, whether it’s the new breed of...

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HPC and Quantum Computing experts partner to create the first Exascale applications

HPC and Quantum Computing experts partner to create the first Exascale applications

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF ORNL and D-Wave hope that by combining their expertise in HPC and Quantum computing they can make Exascale computing a reality sooner rather than later   Just a couple of months after the US Department of Energy (DoE)  announced their partnership with HPE and their “future...

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World first as Chinese scientists communicate without sending any data, revolution in computing beckons

World first as Chinese scientists communicate without sending any data, revolution in computing beckons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to communicate without sending any data, and without using any particles as intermediaries, sounds impossible but scientists have just demonstrated it working and it could change everything about technology and communications as we know it.   Firstly I’m going to get this one...

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Power breakthrough, new Nvidia Xavier AI chips deliver an Exaflop for a megawatt

Power breakthrough, new Nvidia Xavier AI chips deliver an Exaflop for a megawatt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nvidia is a chip company on the rise, their GPU’s are increasingly underpinning most company’s AI learning initiatives, and they’re innovating aggressively   At the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe the other week Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled Xavier, Nvidia’s all new, all singing and...

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Researchers set a staggering new Quantum teleportation record

Researchers set a staggering new Quantum teleportation record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The techniques and devices used to set a new quantum teleportation record will one day allow us to build the robust quantum repeaters that we need to build secure, internet scale quantum networks   Mention teleportation and real sci-fi fans jump out of their sound...

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US Department of Energy taps HP’s ‘Machine’ to beat China to Exascale HPC

US Department of Energy taps HP’s ‘Machine’ to beat China to Exascale HPC

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to create next generation anything, whether it’s AI, aircraft, drugs, energy, healthcare, or materials you need a supercomputer and today China has the advantage but the US want to get back on top   For the first time in history the US...

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Russian researchers have created a ‘Quantum safe’ blockchain

Russian researchers have created a ‘Quantum safe’ blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s quantum computers will be able to crack at least seventy percent of all today’s encryption algorithms within minutes, but now Russia says they’ve created the ultimate, secure blockchain technology   Researchers at the Russian Quantum Center (RQC) announced earlier this week that they’ve created...

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IBM unveils a new 5nm chip process, but 1nm looms on the horizon

IBM unveils a new 5nm chip process, but 1nm looms on the horizon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As physical chip design starts to near its limits it is getting harder for companies to keep up with Moore’s Law but IBM’s latest announcement gives it a new shot in the arm – until that is Quantum Computing arrives   IBM, in partnership with...

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Microsoft will offer DNA storage in the cloud by 2020

Microsoft will offer DNA storage in the cloud by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the amount of information on the planet exploding and traditional storage technologies reaching their theoretical limits we need a new way to store the torrents of data society is creating, and DNA storage looks increasingly like it’s the answer   Microsoft, who last year...

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Apple gears up to make its own GPU’s

Apple gears up to make its own GPU’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The next battle front in computing will be dominated by graphics – whether it’s 3D, AR, VR or simply even higher resolution displays, and Apple wants to control its destiny   For nearly a decade a British company called Imagination Technologies was responsible for designing...

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Cray prepares to ship the world’s first ARM powered supercomputer

Cray prepares to ship the world’s first ARM powered supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The first ARM powered supercomputer has taken a long time to materialise, and the first unit to arrive could threaten Intel’s dominance in the space   In a move that will have Intel peering over its shoulder even more than it was before, US supercomputer...

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The size of a grain of rice, researchers unveil the world’s smallest computers

The size of a grain of rice, researchers unveil the world’s smallest computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Micromotes will stop the sensors at the edge of the world’s networks from flooding datacenters with exabytes of worthless information, and open the door to new computing applications   At just one cubic millimetre in size Micromotes, which are so small that they can almost be...

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ARM unveils DynamicIQ, its chip to conquer artificial intelligence

ARM unveils DynamicIQ, its chip to conquer artificial intelligence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence workloads and learning need huge amounts of computing power, and chip manufacturers are waring to lead the new revolution   There’s an artificial intelligence (AI) arms race going on. But I’m not talking about a software arms race – although that’s in full...

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