Why I Coined the Term ‘Quantum Supremacy’

Why I Coined the Term ‘Quantum Supremacy’

They used a device with 53 qubits (the quantum analogues of a classical computer’s bits), and they report that it took just minutes to perform quantum computations that would take today’s most powerful supercomputers thousands of years.

Quantum Computers Could Be True Randomness Generators

Quantum Computers Could Be True Randomness Generators

In our case, to randomly output a 50-bit string, you can build a quantum circuit that puts 50 qubits, taken together, into a superposition of states that captures the distribution you’d like to re-create.

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Even the most powerful video-editing workstation is nothing without a display that can best represent the machine's output, and for that Apple has delivered something that might be more impressive than the Mac Pro. The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K monitor.

The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta)

The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta)

If a person has one in their head, while they talk, Chang’s team can take readings from their motor cortex—recording the activity corresponding to speech or, more specifically, the movement of the mouth, the tongue, and the jaw.

China Is Catching Up to the US in AI Research–Fast

China Is Catching Up to the US in AI Research–Fast

Government-affiliated AI research papers increased 400 percent between 2007 and 2017, dwarfing the growth from Chinese corporate labs, although China’s state-funded academic institutions still produce most of the country’s research output.

Machine Learning Can Create Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints

Machine Learning Can Create Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints

The new work vastly expands the possibilities, though, by developing machine learning models that can churn out master prints."Even if a biometric system has a very low false acceptance rate for real fingerprints, they now have to be fine-tuned to take into account synthetic fingerprints, too," says Philip Bontrager, a PhD candidate at NYU who worked on the research.

German Car Industry Warns CO2 Targets Risk Jobs

German Car Industry Warns CO2 Targets Risk Jobs

European targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions threaten jobs in the bloc, Germany's powerful car industry federation said on Oct. 10 after ministers set new goals. European ministers reached a hard-fought deal on Oct. 9 to reduce CO2 emitted from new cars by 35% by 2030.