David Deutsch talks about Dwave, Quantum Computers and nanotechnology

Wired magazine has an interview with David Deutsch, the father of Quantum computers I agree with almost everything that he says about Dwave, Quantum computers and nanotechnology. I have pulled what are my highlights from the interview. On quantum computing gaining mind share with the Dwave announcement.He replied: the field [quantum computing] doesn’t need acceptability. …

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More on Dwave from mainstream and the new Dwave Site

The Economist had an article called “The world’s first practical quantum computer is unveiled” Scientific American has the article First “Commercial” Quantum Computer Solves Sudoku Puzzles Scientific American article by JR Minkel feels that proof needs to wait to next year with more peer reviewed articles and the 1024 qubit version. It quotes Seth Lloyds …

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China shutting smallest and worst coal plants

Worldwatch indicates that China has a program for shutting down its smallest, oldest and most polluting and inefficient coal plants It is a small step in the right direction. The State Council, China’s parliament, recently endorsed a plan to accelerate closure of the nation’s smaller coal-fired power plants. The plan is to close the small …

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Dwave quantum computer demo part 2

Photos of the event by Steve Jurvetson Geordie Rose on stage at the Computer History Musem as data streams into the quantum computer… Article about the event from the Register IEEE Spectrum also has an article and reaction from Lieven Vandersypen, an associate professor at Delft University Vandersypen was a wait and see attitude. Vandersypen …

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Research on Smart cell chips

Smart cells will reconfigurable chips with faster speeds and low power usage. A new class of computer chip is being developed. Huang’s reconfigurable computing device, called the smart cell, will combine the advantages of ASICs and FPGAs. It will incorporate more than a thousand individual processors wired onto a silicon substrate. Each processor will be …

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Robotic exoskeleton replaces muscle work

A robotic exoskeleton controlled by the wearer’s own nervous system could help users regain limb function, which is encouraging news for people with partial nervous system impairment, say University of Michigan researchers. The ankle exoskeleton developed at U-M was worn by healthy subjects to measure how the device affected ankle function. The U-M team has …

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New material stiffer than diamond

New material stiffer than diamond created A material that is stiffer than diamond has been created by mixing particles of the mineral barium titanate and molten tin. They mixed molten tin, heated to about 300ºC, with pieces of a ceramic material called barium titanium – often used as an insulator in electronic components. The particles …

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Large scale wind power has environmental impact

We still should make more wind power but we should perform environmental simulations. Local simulations and large scale simulations by blocking significant amounts of wind we can effect not just regional climate but larger weather patterns. This is the butterfly effect the size of Super-mothra. Some ecologists are warning that unless we think carefully about …

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