IBM breaks the record for the world’s smallest computer

IBM breaks the record for the world’s smallest computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As computers continue to shrink it allows organisations to dream up new ways of using them, and in IBM’s case they want to use their new tech to help cryptographically secure the Internet of Things.   Each year IBM showcases “5 in 5” technologies coming...

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New diamond Quantum computer memory stores information for hours

New diamond Quantum computer memory stores information for hours

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the age of Quantum computers gets closer there’s still no way to store quantum information, and this breakthrough is just one step on a long road.   Storing information in a quantum memory system in a quantum computer is a difficult challenge, as the...

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Google are testing a 72 Qubit quantum computing chip

Google are testing a 72 Qubit quantum computing chip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computing companies are in a race to reach a major performance milestone called Quantum Supremacy, and Google looks like they might beat the rest of the world to the post.   A few months after Intel revealed their first 17 Qubit quantum chip, IBM...

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World first as scientists created the world’s first DNA storage file system

World first as scientists created the world’s first DNA storage file system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA can store huge volumes of information and it lasts for hundreds of thousands of years making it an ideal storage medium for tomorrow’s technologies.   The majority of the cells in the human body contain the information you need to build a complete person...

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Supercomputer on a fingernail, artificial synapse ushers in new AI revolution

Supercomputer on a fingernail, artificial synapse ushers in new AI revolution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is nothing on Earth like the human brain, even today’s AI doesn’t come close, but now researchers have created an Artificial Synapse that’s 200 million times faster than a human synapse, and one day it will revolutionise AI and computing.   Researchers at the...

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MIT’s new artificial synapse brings “Brain on a chip” hardware closer

MIT’s new artificial synapse brings “Brain on a chip” hardware closer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Computer chips that can learn by themselves will revolutionise Artificial Intelligence and let us create machines are that genuinely “intelligent.”   For those working in the field of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) getting a computer to simulate how the human brain works is a gargantuan...

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America’s most powerful supercomputer is building superior AI’s

America’s most powerful supercomputer is building superior AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It normally takes human data scientists and the best AI’s weeks to build neural network software, but ORNL’s Titan supercomputer is building them in a day, and the AI’s it’s producing are far superior to anything humans can create.   Last year, in a world...

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DARPA drops $4m to build the world’s first unhackable ‘self-reconfiguring’ computer system

DARPA drops $4m to build the world’s first unhackable ‘self-reconfiguring’ computer system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cyber attacks are becoming the pandemic of the 21st Century, and as the number of AI fuelled cyber attacks increase matters will only get worse, but now DARPA hopes a new reconfiguring “Rubik’s Cube” computing system will stop hackers in their tracks.   This week...

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Researchers unveil the world’s first complete silicon quantum chip design

Researchers unveil the world’s first complete silicon quantum chip design

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers promise unrivalled performance but all the chips designed so far are incompatible with today’s existing, silicon based legacy infrastructure, this breakthrough solves that and brings quantum computers with millions of Qubits within tantalising reach.   Researchers have been trying to build quantum computers...

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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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