Google claims it made a technological breakthrough: using a programmable superconducting processor to achieve quantum computing supremacy. This promises to help computers compile calculations at speeds far superior to today's modern technology. But not everyone is buying into the claim—IBM calls it a "quantum flop." Here's a look at Google's achievement, IBM's argument, what quantum computing is and how we might all benefit.
- The Culture Desk
An electrical engineer from UCLA has created a prototype device that harnesses the darkness of the cold night sky to produce electricity. Chile’s Atacama Desert, which was once considered a "dead zone," is proving to be a promising place to search for antibiotics that could fight superbug bacteria. Plus, a new study says osteocalcin, a hormone secreted by our bones, may be responsible for our fight-or-flight response. And what would happen if the world's trees disappeared overnight? Read on to find out.
- VentureBeat - Kyle Wiggers
Artificial intelligence (AI) is more than marketing mumbo jumbo. You needn’t look further for evidence of its pervasiveness than Amazon’s Echo smart speaker lineup, Facebook’s photo-tagging facial recognition