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Google’s First Machine Learning Chip (TPU) Is 30x Faster Than CPUs And GPUs

At last year's I/O, Google introduced their custom chip called Tensor Processing Unit which brought in existence to address the rising computing needs of the data centers. A paper by Google researchers compares TPU's performance with server class Intel Haswell CPU and Nvidia GPU. It'll be presented at the ISCA, Toronto in June.


Google DeepMind open sources Sonnet so you can build neural networks in TensorFlow even quicker

Google's DeepMind announced today that it was open sourcing Sonnet, its object-oriented neural network library. Sonnet doesn't replace TensorFlow, it's simply..


This Is What Makes Quantum Computers Powerful Problem Solvers

In a previous article, I introduced the recent open-sourcing of quantum computing software by DWave. DWave is the maker of a quantum computer being used and studied by a number of groups, including NASA and Google, and there are other quantum computers in the works too. Although the field is still young, recent progress has …


SpaceX Makes History

SpaceX just checked off another item on its bucket list on Thursday night. At just after 6:20 p.m. EDT, the private spaceflight company successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a first stage that had previously flown before, a first for any rocket in the history of spaceflight. As an added bonus, SpaceX returned it to Earth, landing it upright on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, a maneuver the company has completed several times now.


New metamaterial is proved to be the world's first to achieve the performance predicted by theoretical bounds

In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends.


Mayhem Hacker Robot Is Here To Protect Us From Hacking Attacks

ForAllSecure, the minds behind the Mayhem Hacker Robot who won the Pentagon's Cyber Grand Challenger Contest, are working to make the software a bug fixer. They are aiming an autonomous system which would find vulnerabilities in the commercial devices like routers and automatically fix them.


The first ever blueprint for a mind-bendingly massive quantum computer has been released

Scientists chasing the dream of quantum computing - technology that would grant us unprecentented processing power - just got their biggest break yet, because the first ever open-source blueprint for a practical quantum computer has been revealed.


A Mystery AI Just Crushed the Best Human Players at Poker

Yesterday, after 20 days of play at a casino in Pittsburgh, an AI built by two Carnegie Mellon researchers officially defeated four top players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em—a particularly complex form of poker that relies heavily on longterm betting strategies and game theory.


This Tiny 5D Disc Can Store 360 TB Of Data For 13.8 Billion Years

Today's massive amounts of digital data have caused researchers worldwide to develop data storage technologies, such as DNA-based storage, that are meant to be capable of keeping data for the longest possible time.

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Image: Jamie Condliffe

Now, a new mini disc developed by researchers in the United Kingdom is said to be able to store up to 300 terabytes worth of information for billions of years without...

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