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Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World. Here's What This Means for You. The science and tech world has been abuzz about quantum computers for years, but the devices are not yet affecting our daily lives.

Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World. Here's What This Means for You.

Quantum systems could seamlessly encrypt data, help us make sense of the huge amount of data we’ve already collected, and solve complex problems that even the most powerful supercomputers cannot – such as medical diagnostics and weather prediction. That nebulous quantum future became one step closer this November, when top­-tier journal Nature published two papers that showed some of the most advanced quantum systems yet. If you still don’t understand what a quantum computer is, what it does, or what it could do for you, never fear. A New AI That Detects "Deception" May Bring an End to Lying as We Know It.

An AI That Detects Deception Being able to tell when a person is lying is an important part of everyday life, but it’s even more crucial in a courtroom.

A New AI That Detects "Deception" May Bring an End to Lying as We Know It

People may vow under oath that they will tell the truth, but they don’t always adhere to that promise, and the ability to spot those lies can literally be the difference between a verdict of innocent or guilty. To address this issue, researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) developed the Deception Analysis and Reasoning Engine (DARE), a system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to autonomously detect deception in courtroom trial videos.

Tesla's Solar Roofing Tiles Have Officially Begun Production in Its Buffalo Factory. In Brief The much anticipated tiles will match each house's style, and will be cheaper than conventional solar panels.

Tesla's Solar Roofing Tiles Have Officially Begun Production in Its Buffalo Factory

The first roofs are expected to go up in the next few months. Raise the Roof Tesla’s much anticipated (and long-delayed) solar roofing tiles have finally begun production out of the company’s factory in Buffalo, New York, according to Reuters. An AI May Write Your Next Favorite Novel. Machines Just Beat Humans on a Stanford Reading Comprehension Test. Read Me Chinese retail giant Alibaba has developed an artificial intelligence model that’s managed to outdo human participants in a reading and comprehension test designed by Stanford University. Doctors Can Now Use Augmented Reality to Peek Under a Patient's Skin. In Brief A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has created a medical imaging system that projects scans onto a patient's body, adjusting to their underlying anatomy even as they move around.

Doctors Can Now Use Augmented Reality to Peek Under a Patient's Skin

Inside Out Compared to the very first X-ray, which was taken well over a century ago, the medical imaging technology in use today is highly impressive. Intel develops Loihi AI chip that works like a human brain. A new AI chip under development at Intel is taking its inspiration from the human brain in an attempt to overcome technological hurdles.

Intel develops Loihi AI chip that works like a human brain

Developments in machine learning over recent years have largely been thanks to improvements in raw power to process binary ones and zeroes. "Holy Grail" Microchip Might Surpass the Power of the Human Brain. In Brief Scientists from several universities published a paper in Science Advances, in which they reveal their progress toward the "holy grail" of computing: a light-based microchip that truly rivals the speed and parallel processing of the human brain.

"Holy Grail" Microchip Might Surpass the Power of the Human Brain

Photonic Synapses. MIT is Trying to Unlock the Power of the "Hive Mind" Capturing the Crowd’s Intellect Harnessing the wisdom of the hive mind — the collective opinion of a group compared to that of a single expert — is a valuable means of gaining knowledge, but simply polling a crowd is not a foolproof way to arrive at a correct answer.

MIT is Trying to Unlock the Power of the "Hive Mind"

That’s why scientists from MIT’s Sloan Neuroeconomics Lab and Princeton University decided to look for a better way to harvest the boundless potential of the hive mind. Through their research, which is published in the journal Nature, they were able to develop a technique that they dubbed the “surprisingly popular” algorithm. This algorithm can more accurately pinpoint correct answers from large groups of people through a rather simple technique. People are asked a question, and they must give two answers. China Set to Release the World's Fastest Computer. The Fastest Computer in the World China just announced that they plan to release a prototype of an exascale computer by the end of this year.

China Set to Release the World's Fastest Computer

Just to put that into perspective, this computer would be capable of one quintillion (a billion billion) or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second. The machine would technically be classified as a ‘super-supercomputer.’ The enhanced supercomputer goes beyond any technological limits previously set by China. Researchers Create Self-Repairing Electrical Circuit. In Brief Scientists have fabricated a flexible electrical circuit that, when cut into two pieces, can repair itself and fully restore its original conductivity.

Researchers Create Self-Repairing Electrical Circuit

The circuit is made of a new gel that possesses a combination of properties that are not typically seen together: high conductivity, flexibility, and room-temperature self-healing.The gel could potentially offer self-healing for a variety of applications, including flexible electronics, soft robotics, artificial skins, biomimetic prostheses, and energy storage devices.The researchers also hope that, by combining supramolecular chemistry and polymer nanoscience, the resulting hybrid gels may provide a useful strategy for designing new self-healing materials.

Meet the World's Smallest Computer. In Brief The team behind the computer have also come up with a fully autonomous system that can act as a smart sensing system.

Meet the World's Smallest Computer

Sensors are the input; radios are the output. Solar cells power the battery with ambient light, said the university report detailing the work and features of this computer. They use a 1mm2 solar cell producing 20nW. The device can harvest enough energy under ambient light to run perpetually. Quantum computing is "closer than you think" - it now it has an OS. Fixstars announces six-terabyte Solid State Drive. In Brief The world's first 6TB Solid State Drive (Fixstars SSD-6000M) is accepting orders and it will be shipped to customers in the United States in late July. The announcement on Thursday said it was the world’s largest 2.5-inch SATA SSD. The Fixstars SSD-6000M will use 15nm flash memory packed into a 2.5″ form factor. Read speeds are expected to be up to 540MB/s and write speeds of up to 520MB/s for sequential access.SlashGear’s JC Torres summed up what he found so special about the debut, namely, size.

Computers running at the speed of light made possible by ultra-tiny 'beamsplitter' In Brief Computer engineers at the University of Utah announced a breakthrough on Monday, potentially paving the way for supercomputers that process data thousands of times faster than they do now. Traditional computers process data by way of electrons, which travel through wired connections. But the engineers have developed an “ultracompact beamsplitter” that uses photons instead, creating light beams 50 times thinner than a strand of hair.

And because the beamsplitter itself is so small, millions of them could fit on a single computer chip.Light is the only constant when it comes to measuring speed. There is nothing faster in existence. Intel's New Storage Chip Is 1,000 Times Faster than Flash Memory. In Brief Intel and Micron have a new way to store data that they say is denser, tougher, and faster than the competition, and it's already starting production. In a live keynote today, Intel and Micron announced 3D Xpoint, a new category of non-volatile memory that claims to be 1,000 times faster than the NAND architecture underlying most flash memory cards and solid state drives. Computer Chip Made of Nano-Materials Can Make Computers Run 1000x Faster. Skyscrapers A team of US engineers from Stanford have discovered that replacing silicon in conventional chips with nano-materials allows it to be stacked, instead of laying it out side by side, resulting in more efficient data processing.

“When you combine higher speed with lower energy use, N3XT systems outperform conventional approaches by a factor of a thousand,” says researcher H. S. The Kurzweilian logic of exponential growth in the interconnected era. Forbes — September 30, 2015 | Dan Woods read original article here A recent infographic frames the past 30 years into 4 broad eras, starting with the computing era, moving to the networked and connected eras, and landing today in the interconnected era. Now multicore chips can share memory more efficiently. Novel polarization forms promise to radically increase data speeds. China is Building the World’s Largest Hack-Proof Quantum Communications Network. In Brief China is set to complete the installation of the world's longest quantum communication network stretching 2,000km (1,240miles) from Beijing to Shanghai by 2016, say scientists leading the project.

If all goes to schedule, China would be the first country to put a quantum communications satellite in orbit, said Wang Jianyu, deputy director of the China Academy of Science’s (CAS) Shanghai branch. By 2030, the Chinese network would be extended worldwide, the South China Morning Post reported. It would make the country the first major power to publish a detailed schedule to put the technology into extensive, large-scale use.The satellite would be used to transmit encoded data through a method called quantum key distribution (QKD), which relies on cryptographic keys transmitted via light pulse signals. IBM Reveals TrueNorth, a New Kind of Chip That Behaves Like Brain Neurons.

In Brief. Researchers Create Self-Repairing Electrical Circuit. IBM Reveals TrueNorth, a New Kind of Chip That Behaves Like Brain Neurons. MIT deep-learning system autonomously learns to identify objects. The first layers of a neural network trained to classify scenes seem to be tuned to geometric patterns of increasing complexity, but the higher layers appear to be picking out particular classes of objects (credit: the researchers) MIT researchers have discovered that a deep-learning system designed to recognize and classify scenes has also learned how to recognize individual objects. Last December, at the Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, MIT researchers announced the compilation of the world’s largest database of images labeled according to scene type, with 7 million entries.

By exploiting a machine-learning technique known as “deep learning,” they used it to train the most successful scene-classifier yet, which was between 25 and 33 percent more accurate than its best predecessor. ‘Brainprints’ could replace passwords. Sarah Laszlo, an assistant professor of psychology, adjusting an EEG electrode (credit: Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University)photographer The way your brain responds to certain words could be used to replace passwords, according to a study by researchers from Binghamton University, published in academic journal Neurocomputing. A computational algorithm for fact-checking. These charts map the “truth scores” of statements related to geography, history and entertainment. Neuroscientists create organic-computing ‘Brainet’ network of rodent and primate brains — humans next.

Experimental apparatus scheme for a Brainet computing device. Ethereum Launches. Witness the Launch of Ethereum: 'the World Computer' - Futurism. Executive Order: How America Will Build World's Fastest Supercomputer - Futurism. In 2016, Nvidia's Deep Learning GPU Will Have 17 Billion Transistors - Futurism. Newly Created Computer Works Like The Brain.

A Primer on Computing's Exponential Growth and Where Tech Is Headed [Video] - Singularity HUB. First computers recognized our faces, now they know what we’re doing. Understanding the blockchain. When the Toaster Shares Your Data With the Refrigerator, the Bathroom Scale, and Tech Firms - Singularity HUB. The Coming Problem of Our iPhones Being More Intelligent Than Us. The Future Of Technology Isn't Mobile, It's Contextual. MIT Says Gallium Nitride Could Replace Silicon for Power Semiconductors - Futurism. Bioengineers Build Circuit Board Modeled On The Human Brain. A New Circuit Board Mimics Billions of Brain Synapses at Once. IBM produces first 'brain chips' Why IBM’s New Brainlike Chip May Be “Historic” IBM Reveals Incredible New Brain-Inspired Chip. Brain-inspired chip fits 1m 'neurons' on postage stamp. IBM Develops a New Chip That Functions Like a Brain -

DARPA, IBM Neurosynaptic Chip and Programming Language Mimic the Brain. Intel's New Storage Chip Is 1,000 Times Faster than Flash Memory - Futurism. How Quantum Computing Will Change The World! Stanford engineers invent radical ‘high-rise’ 3D chips. IBM develops 'instantaneous' memory, 100x faster than flash. The World's Thinnest Transistor is Just Three Atoms Thick.

DNA Hard Drive Could Store Data For Millions Of Years. DARPA Aims to Create Software That Can Evolve Over 100 Years. DARPA's New Search Engine Puts Google in the Dust - Futurism. Can We Make the Hardware Necessary for Artificial Intelligence? 51 Percent Of Total Online Traffic is Non-Human. Google has developed a technology to tell whether 'facts' on the Internet are true - Futurism.