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    ARTIFICIAL SYNAPSES COULD LEAD TO BRAINIER, SUPER-EFFICIENT COMPUTERS

    BRAINS, BEYOND THEIR signature achievements in thinking and problem solving, are paragons of energy efficiency. The human brain’s power consumption resembles that of a 20-watt incandescent lightbulb. In contrast, one of the world’s largest and fastest supercomputers, the K computer in Kobe, Japan, consumes as much as 9.89 megawatts of energy—an amount roughly equivalent to the […]

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    Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?

    Who’s smarter — you, or the computer or mobile device on which you’re reading this article? The answer is increasingly complex, and depends on definitions in flux. Computers are certainly more adept at solving quandaries that benefit from their unique skillset, but humans hold the edge on tasks that machines simply can’t perform. Not yet, […]

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    This qubit redesign may make it easier to make quantum computers

    Quantum computers could handle models that are too complex for us to run now Tomasz Zajda/Alamy Stock Photo The race to create superfast computers is accelerating. A rethink of one of the most fundamental parts of a quantum computer could pave the way for ultra-powerful devices. Andrea Morello at the University of New South Wales in […]

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    The Guardian view on privacy: computers gossip

    Our digital lives are now as real as money, and so debates about online privacy are actually about our political freedoms. Photograph: Alamy Wednesday 30 August 2017 19.04 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 30 August 2017 22.00 BST At the beginning of the internet age, people used to go online, but no longer. Instead we live there from the moment […]

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    DARPA project aims to make modular computers out of ‘chiplets’

    The Defense Department’s research arm has officially kicked off its effort to create a modular computing framework, with pieces pulled from a mix-‘n-match set of “chiplets.” Producing something this weird will take a village, the agency suggested — in fact, “an enormous village rife with innovators.” DARPA did always have a way with words. The program, […]

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    TZANEEN: Chaos and frustration as GTM computers seized by sheriff

    Goods to the value of over R2 million were seized by the Letaba sheriff today, August 24. Six computers, three television screens and a scanner were seized in today’s seizure. Photo: Blake Linder Six computers (including screens, keyboards etc.), three plasma television screens, a scanner, an Isuzu bakkie and a Toyota Quantum were all seized […]

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    The next revolution in computers is right around the corner

    The industry’s biggest players are working on quantum computing Getty ImagesIntel has acquired Mobileye, a maker of computer-vision chips.Digital devices are getting smaller and more powerful each day, and that trend hasn’t slowed because their components are constantly shrinking. Moore’s law, an observation of this phenomenon, shows that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits (chips) doubles every […]

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    Group working to put computers in more central Ohio homes

    Technology is the wave of the future. It’s how kids are learning at school. But for some, when they come home that technology isn’t an option. “We don’t have a computer the kids can use, ” said Sierra Pierce. Pierce is a single working mom of three kids. She says she has a laptop computer […]