Tag Archives: Computers

IBM to announce low-cost, more-powerful cloud-based Watson

] IBM Watson (credit: IBM) On Thursday, IBM will announce that Watson will be available to companies, academics and individual software developers as a cloud product that is “more than twice as powerful via the Internet … and at a small fraction of the previous cost,” The New York Times revealed Wednesday. In October,  IBM announced that “organizations gaining competitive […]

Data-mining our dreams

Using computer analysis to decode the meaning of dreams The Dream, 1910 (credit: Henri Rousseau/Museum of Modern Art) Many people assume that this quest to interpret dreams has failed. This conclusion is premature, Kelly Bulkeley, former president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and author of Dreaming in the World’s Religions: A Comparative History,” writes […]

Minority Report-style pre-crime prediction using Twitter data: possible?

Retweet graph of Project X dataset (snapshot at 2012-09-26 04:32:15). (credit: Marijn ten Thij/University o Twente) It’s the year 2054, where “PreCrime,” a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs.” That’s the premise of the Minority Report film. Now University of Twente (UT) mathematics student Marijn ten Thij* has developed a mathematical model that he says […]

The Human Brain Project has officially begun

Scientists from the 135 partner institutions meeting in Switzerland this week Simulated neuronal network showing 3D shapes of individual cells (reconstructed from lab data). Blue cells are silent, red cells are firing. (Credit: EPFL/Blue Brain Project) On Monday, October 7, 2013, scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project — “the world’s most ambitious […]

A quantum computing solution for unstructured search

Bose-Einstein condensate (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Tom Wong, a graduate student in physics and David Meyer, professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, have proposed a new algorithm for quantum computing, that will speed up unstructured search. The goal is to locate a particular item within an unsorted pile of data. Solving this problem on a […]

New step towards silicon-based quantum computer

(Credit: University of New South Wales) Researchers at the University of New South Wales have proposed a new way to distinguish between quantum bits that are placed only a few nanometers apart in a silicon chip, taking them a step closer to the construction of a large-scale quantum computer. Quantum bits, or qubits, are the basic building blocks of […]

Fear of thinking war machines may push US to exascale

Tianhe 2 (credit: National University of Defense Technology, China) China’s retaking of the global supercomputing crown was discussed at a congressional forum this week on cognitive computing, Computerworld reports. Unlike China and Europe, the U.S. has yet to adopt and fund an exascale development program. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), who talked about China’s new 33.89-petaflop system, Tianhe-2, is finalizing a […]

Google calls for greater transparency and challenges surveillance gag order

Google has called on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Tuesday to relax its gag order on tech companies targeted in U.S. security investigations, The Guardian reports. The legal filing cites the first amendment’s guarantee of free speech and follows on from a letter to attorney general Eric Holder asking for permission to disclose the number of requests Google […]

European neuroscience projects to benefit from hybrid supercomputer memory

IBM BlueGene/Q (credit: IBM) To handle large amounts of data from detailed brain models used in the Blue Brain Project and the Human Brain Project, IBM Research, EPFL, and ETH Zürich are collaborating on a new hybrid memory strategy for supercomputers. The Blue Brain Project, for example, is building detailed models of the rodent brain based on vast amounts of […]