AI Can Be Used to Find Good CO2 Absorbing Micro Capsules

Micro-Encapsulated CO2 Sorbents (MECS) are a possible technology to capture carbon from the atmosphere. They are tiny, reusable capsules full of a sodium carbonate solution that can absorb carbon dioxide from the air. Scientists run three fluids through a series of microfluidic components to create drops that turn into capsules when exposed to ultraviolet light …

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Practical Use of D-Wave Quantum Annealing

Murray Thom is VP of software and cloud services at D-Wave Systems. D-Wave currently sells a 2000 qubit quantum annealing machine and provides access to the system via a cloud service. D-Wave will provide an upgraded 5600 qubit system with denser connections next year. Murray describes how the D-Wave is being used by those who …

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Economic Growth and AI Progress Depends on Better Hardware

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 performance. It is vital to make the investments to continue the rate of computer hardware …

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Wave Computing’s Dataflow Acceleration of Deep Learning

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 investment in Wave is now over $200 million. Oakmont Corporation led the round. Open.ai has …

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Graphcore Chips Could Speed Up AI by 100 Times

Graphcore’s IPU (Intelligence Processing Unit) accelerators and Poplar software together make the fastest and most flexible platform for current and future machine intelligence applications, lowering the cost of AI in the cloud and datacenter, improving performance and efficiency by between 10x to 100x. Graphcore recently closed a new $200 million funding round which values the …

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CEO of TAE Technologies Says They Will Begin Commercialization of Fusion by 2023

TAE Technologies will bring a fusion-reactor technology to commercialization in the next five years, its CEO Michl Binderbauer announced recently at the University of California, Irvine. UPDATE- I was emailed by TAE Technologies and they say they will begin commercialization in 2023. TAE Technologies next fusion device will be called Copernicus and it is designed …

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Quantum Artificial Neural Network Model with Exponential Speedup

Researchers have proposed a model for perceptrons to be directly implemented on near-term quantum processing devices, and we have experimentally tested it on a 5-qubits IBM quantum computer based on superconducting technology. Our algorithm presents an exponential advantage over classical perceptron models, as we have explicitly shown by representing and classifying 4 bits strings using …

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AI Common Sense Reasoning

Today’s machine learning systems are more advanced than ever, capable of automating increasingly complex tasks and serving as a critical tool for human operators. Despite recent advances, however, a critical component of Artificial Intelligence (AI) remains just out of reach – machine common sense. Defined as “the basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things …

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Amazon’s AI recruiting software was biased against women

Amazon’s new AI recruiting engine did not like women. Amazon had a team working since 2014 for AI software to review job applicants’ resumes with the aim of mechanizing the search for top talent. The hiring tool used artificial intelligence to give job candidates scores ranging from one to five stars – much like shoppers …

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$15 million for 100 qubit trapped ion quantum computer project

There is a $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a 100 qubit trapped ion quantum computer. The Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum (STAQ) co-design project aims to build a quantum computer capable of solving challenging calculations within five years. Fred Chong, the Seymour Goodman Professor of Computer Science at the University of …

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