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Ai And What We Should Be Thinking About

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Not all, just some of the stuff involving Musk and in parallel, AI. I've had some time recently and I've been doing a lot of reading.


Other stuff I am not enthusiastic about:


Eye-tracking sensors for PCs

Cast, a streaming video hub, to share videos with far-flung friends and family members.

Parrot Disco, a fixed-wing drone that you can launch by hurling it into the air like a Frisbee.

Ili, the wearable translator is about the size of a thumb drive, has one button and is described as the world's first wearable translator.

Stabile Digipen reads and learns the way you write and converts it into digital text for you.

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And I as a journeyman, unfortunately don't know enough about it, to form a concise view. I had assumed that when they said Quantum, they meant it. I am misled too easily.

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“What does a neuro-synaptic architecture give us? It lets us do things like image classification at a very, very low power consumption,†says Brian Van Essen, a computer scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who’s exploring how deep learning could be applied to national security. “It lets us tackle new problems in new environments.â€

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For D-Wave, the path to quantum computers being widely accepted is similar to the history of today's computers. The first chips came more than 30 years ago, and Microsoft's Basic expanded the software infrastructure around PCs.


Quantum computers are a new type of computer that can be significantly faster than today's PCs. They are still decades away from replacing PCs and going mainstream, but more advanced hardware and use models are still emerging.


"A lot of that is unfolding and will have a similar dramatic change in the computing landscape," Vern Brownell, D-Wave's CEO, said in an interview.


D-Wave is the only company selling a quantum computer. It sold its first system in 2011 and is now pushing the speed limits with a new quantum computer called the D-Wave 2000Q, which has 2,000 qubits.


The 2000Q is twice the size of its current 1,000-qubit D-Wave 2X, which is considered one of the most advanced computers in the world today. A price tag for the 2000Q wasn't available.


The 2000Q is thousands of times faster than its predecessor and is leagues ahead in performance compared to today's PCs. The specialized computer, valued at roughly US$15 million, will first ship out to Temporal Defense Systems, which will use the system to tackle cybersecurity threats.


D-Wave's quantum computers are being already used by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Google, NASA, and Lockheed Martin. D-Wave's goal is to upgrade all those systems.


The ultimate goal is to develop a universal quantum computer that could run all computing applications, much like PCs, but researchers agree that type of quantum computer still decades away.

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