IBM sets a small record as researchers store one bit of data on one atom

IBM sets a small record as researchers store one bit of data on one atom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The amount of information society is creating every day is leaving today’s storage technologies creaking at the seams, and our only option is to go smaller.   The building blocks of today’s modern computers have been getting progressively smaller ever since they were first invented,...

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New storage breakthrough stores 215 petabytes on one gram of DNA

New storage breakthrough stores 215 petabytes on one gram of DNA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With so much new information being generated every day we’re already pushing the limits of today’s technologies, but now ultra-dense, ultra-efficient new forms of storage are appearing on the horizon.   It’s long been known that today we’re generating more information, faster, than ever before....

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IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020

IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are hailed as the next evolution of computing that promise immense performance increases over today’s systems and by 2020 they may be ready for prime time.   Having laid the groundwork for offerings in other emerging technology categories such as artificial intelligence (AI),...

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Researchers design a DNA computer that outperforms future Quantum computers

Researchers design a DNA computer that outperforms future Quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA computers, up until now, have been theoretical but now they’re feasible, and that’s a huge step towards the next step – building one.   A team of researchers from the University of Manchester, the same university that’s recently been making breakthroughs in quantum computing, led by...

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World first as two quantum computers go head to head

World first as two quantum computers go head to head

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until recently it hasn’t been possible to directly compare the performance of two or more quantum computing systems, but that barriers just been smashed.   Scientists recently published the world’s first open source blueprint for a quantum computing device, and sure enough, no sooner...

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MIT’s newest chip could bring speech recognition to every device

MIT’s newest chip could bring speech recognition to every device

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we use and interact with devices is changing, increasingly we’ll be using our voices to control, interact and manage them.   The butt of jokes as little as 10 years ago, automatic speech recognition is now on the verge of becoming people’s chief...

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Scientists publish a breakthrough architecture for the world’s first Quantum Computer

Scientists publish a breakthrough architecture for the world’s first Quantum Computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Building the world’s first commercial quantum computer will require international collaboration, and a plan, and it looks like we now have that plan.   An international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, and made up of scientists from Google, Aarhus University...

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Google’s Eric Schmidt says the “Internet will disappear”

Google’s Eric Schmidt says the “Internet will disappear”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the number of connected devices proliferates the internet we knew and loved is going away, and being replaced by something else, but what should we call it?   It’s obvious when you think about it – the end of the Internet is drawing near...

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Entrepreneurs think blockchain is the future of cloud computing and HPC

Entrepreneurs think blockchain is the future of cloud computing and HPC

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything changes, whether we call it disruption or something else, but as the world becomes increasingly distributed, as the plumbing of the internet continues to change, we can now see a way to disintermediate the giant cloud providers, build global supercomputers and move to the...

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Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of computing power available to support them, now Intel and other chip companies are in an arms race to own the future of AI  ...

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The codeless computers of the future and the fall of the programming elite

The codeless computers of the future and the fall of the programming elite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programming is one of todays most in demand skills but as we continue to train, not code our latest computer systems, the trend won’t last.   Before the invention of the computer, most experimental psychologists thought the brain was an unknowable black box that they’d...

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Scientists fry ions with microwaves to build highly scalable quantum computers

Scientists fry ions with microwaves to build highly scalable quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more Qubits a quantum computer can run the more powerful it becomes, this breakthrough could give researchers a new way to create ultra powerful, highly scalable systems in an affordable, simple way   Physicists from the University of Sussex, a member of the UK’s...

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Nvidia unveils the worlds most energy efficient supercomputer

Nvidia unveils the worlds most energy efficient supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of todays technology advances, such as AI and materials science, have been made possible by the dramatic increase in computing power that’s occurred over the last decade. Governments, such as China, Japan, the UK and the US are locked in a supercomputer arms race...

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Computing at light speed, Princeton creates the worlds first photonic neural net

Computing at light speed, Princeton creates the worlds first photonic neural net

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neuromorphic chips that mimic how the human brain operates and carries out tasks still rely on silicon, moving to optical, or light, based computing will make them much faster, letting them process information multiple times faster than todays most advanced chips.   Neural networks are...

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Microsoft enters the race to build a viable quantum computer

Microsoft enters the race to build a viable quantum computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are millions of times more powerful than todays traditional computers, if they can be developed and bought into the mainstream humanity will see major innovation breakthroughs across the board, from drug discovery to space travel.   Microsoft, who earlier last year release a...

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Super molecules help researchers create stable Qubits for Quantum computers

Super molecules help researchers create stable Qubits for Quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Stable Qubits will help people store and manipulate information that can then be processed millions of times faster by Quantum Computers.   Researchers from the University of Manchester have taken a significant step closer to demonstrate that it is possible to create miniscule – but...

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Scientists have found a way to turn your body into a computer

Scientists have found a way to turn your body into a computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A chemical computer, one that doesn’t use electrical signals to communicate, means that we now, potentially, have a way to send computer instructions around the human body that won’t interfere with our nervous system.   You probably take it for granted that the devices that...

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Scientists have designed a nanoscale computer that’s smaller than a virus

Scientists have designed a nanoscale computer that’s smaller than a virus

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nanoscale computers could work inside, or outside the body to help control, direct and interact with other atomic, molecular or nanoscale devices and systems.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. While the...

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Japanese researchers have built a computer brain

Japanese researchers have built a computer brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to model the human brain will help us create better treatments for neurological conditions, and might also help answer questions about consciousness and sentience.   Researchers in Japan have used the powerful Riken K computer, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to simulate...

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Scientists slam carbon out of diamonds to create the first quantum computing bridge

Scientists slam carbon out of diamonds to create the first quantum computing bridge

WHY THIS MATTERS New breakthrough paves the way for the first practical quantum computers.   Quantum computers are a reality but unlike the first traditional computers, which were large enough to fill a room, most of today’s quantum computers are very small with one, five, or even 16 qubits at their...

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