Tag Archives: Singularity

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 […]

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 […]

When will a computer pass the Turing Test?

An interview with Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google August 14, 2013 “Many people in AI believe that we’re close to [a computer passing the Turing Test] within the next five years,” said Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google, speaking at The Aspen Institute on July 16, 2013. In a wide-ranging interview by writer/biographer Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the […]

Chips that mimic the brain in real time

Photograph and layout of a multi-neuron chip comprising an array of analog/digital silicon neurons and synapse circuits, that can reproduce biophysically realistic neural response properties and dynamics in real-time. The chip was produced using a standard 0.35μm CMOS technology and it occupies an area of 10 square mm. It has 128 neuron circuits and 5120 […]

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach, by Roman V. Yampolskiy Indiegogo fundraiser for Roman V. Yampolskiy‘s book. The book will present research aimed at making sure that emerging superintelligence is beneficial to humanity. Many philosophers, futurologists and artificial intelligence researchers have conjectured that in the next 20 to 200 years a machine capable of at least human level […]

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 […]

Scientists sequence genome of ‘sacred lotus,’ may hold anti-aging secrets

Nelumbo nucifera from China, more commonly known as the “sacred lotus” (credit: Jane Shen-Miller/UCLA) A team of 70 scientists from the U.S., China, Australia and Japan reports having sequenced and annotated more than 86 percent of the genome of the “sacred lotus,” which is believed to have a powerful genetic system that repairs genetic defects, and may […]

Which is faster: conventional or quantum computer?

D-Wave quantum computer much faster for specific problems The D-Wave Systems Fridge with Cryogenic Packaging (credit: Amherst College) A computer science professor at Amherst College has conducted experiments to test the speed of a quantum computing system (from D-Wave) against conventional computing methods. “Ours is the first paper to my knowledge that compares the quantum approach to conventional methods using […]