computers

artificial intelligenceEconomic Growth and AI Progress Depends on Better Hardware

No Comments
Improved computer performance has been driving the boom in deep learning and artificial intelligence. 50% of the productivity growth for the world for the past 40 years in the US and the world came from the massive improvements in computer …

artificial intelligenceThe End of Moore’s Law in Detail and Starting a New Golden Age

No Comments
John Hennessy talked about the end of Moore’s Law and the start of a new golden age. He described the specifics of how general computer chips from Intel and others were sped up over decades. Speed came from scaling, parallelism …

artificial intelligenceWave Computing’s Dataflow Acceleration of Deep Learning

No Comments
Wave Computing accelerates deep learning by using dataflow technology to eliminate the need for a host and co-processor in the processing of a neural network. In November, 2018, Wave Computing closed their Series E funding round at $86 million. Total …

astronomyMetal Remains of the Starman Roadster Will Eventually Crash into Earth, Venus or the Sun

No Comments
In February, 2018, SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy which placed a Tesla Roadster with the Starman into on an Earth and Mars crossing orbit. The Roadster-Starman will come within a lunar distance of the Earth within the next 100 years. …

artificial intelligenceQuantexa Uses Context-Aware Artificial Intelligence to Uncover Human Trafficking Networks

No Comments
Quantexa has developed revolutionary Entity Resolution and Network Analytics technology that enable deeper insights into complex financial and real-world criminal problems like human trafficking. Quantexa is able to use their technology to model and achieve a true understanding of groups …

biologyTraveling Amoeba for Better Traveling Salesman Solutions

No Comments
Traveling Salesman Problems are in a class of very difficult mathematical problems called NP-Complete problems. The possible solutions scales at insanely high levels that go far beyond current supercomputers. Better solutions for these problems could enable postal services, airlines and …

algorithmsAnalog Solver Could Find the Best Solutions to NP-hard Problems.

No Comments
Zoltan Toroczkai and collaborators have been working toward developing a novel analog mathematical approach that will help advance computation beyond the digital framework. They have a mathematical, analog “solver” that can potentially find the best solution to NP-hard problems. NP-hardness …

big dataThe Next Big Data Debacle Could Involve Amazon and China

No Comments
Data is now essentially the lifeblood of today’s modern industries. Not only does it provide insights for effective decision-making but it can also be used to predict and influence consumer and user behavior. Companies like Amazon and Netflix, for instance, …

computersBargain Costs for a Functional Star Trek Bridge Set

No Comments
Star Trek Axanar is fan film that put the fear of competence into CBS and Paramount. They raised about $100,000 and made the short film “Prelude to Axanar”. Axanar raised $638000 through Kickstarter to a 90 minute long movie. However, …

chinaChina built in hardware hacking chips

55 Comments
Bloomberg reports that China place small chips into servers and other machines that allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the …