Tag: International Business Machines Corporation

Quantum Supremacy? Superfast Computers and the Race for Domination

This was not just any math problem. On Wednesday, Google said its researchers had performed a calculation that the largest supercomputers could not complete in under 10,000 years. And they had done it in 3 minutes 20 seconds. With that calculation, the company said, its research lab in Santa Barbara, Calif., achieved a milestone that […]

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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

SAN FRANCISCO — Google said on Wednesday that it had achieved a long-sought breakthrough called “quantum supremacy,” which could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with today’s technology. In a paper published in the science journal Nature, Google said its research lab in Santa Barbara, Calif., had reached […]

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Quantum Computing Is Coming, Bit by Qubit

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — A bolt from the maybe-future struck the technology community in late September. A paper by Google computer scientists appeared on a NASA website, claiming that an innovative new machine called a quantum computer had demonstrated “quantum supremacy.” According to the paper, the device, in three minutes, had performed a highly technical […]

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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

As corporate giants like Ford, G.M. and Waymo struggle to get their self-driving cars on the road, a team of researchers in China is rethinking autonomous transportation using a souped-up bicycle. This bike can roll over a bump on its own, staying perfectly upright. When the man walking just behind it says “left,” it turns […]

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Scientists Took an M.R.I. Scan of an Atom

As our devices get smaller and more sophisticated, so do the materials we use to make them. That means we have to get up close to engineer new materials. Really close. Different microscopy techniques allow scientists to see the nucleotide-by-nucleotide genetic sequences in cells down to the resolution of a couple atoms as seen in […]

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