This week’s great tech stories from around the web (until May 14th)

computing

IBM Target: 4000 Qubit Processor by 2025
Ed Gent | IEEE Spectrum
The first iteration of [IBM’s 2020] Topped the roadmap with [1,121-qubit] The Condor processor is due for release in 2023, but now the company has revealed plans for a 1,386 qubit processor, called the Flamingo, to appear in 2024 and for a 4,158 qubit device called the Kookaburra to debut in 2025.”

Artificial intelligence

DeepMind’s new AI can perform over 600 tasks, from playing games to controlling bots
Kyle Wiggers | Take Crunch
Gato is what DeepMind describes as a “general purpose” system, one that can be taught to perform many different types of tasks. Researchers at DeepMind trained Gato to complete 604, to be exact, including hanging pictures, engaging in dialogue, and stacking blocks with a robot arm. Real and play Atari games.”

Nano technology

These nanorobots can swim around a wound and kill bacteria
Max J. Levy | wired
The team loaded the silica nanorobots with experimental antibiotics — including one derived from wasp venom — to treat wounds infected with mice. Dropped onto one end of an infected wound, the nanorobots would travel through the skin to treat the entire area — the first report of nanorobots killing bacteria in animals.”

augmented reality

Google says its new image search features are like ‘Ctrl + F for the world around you’
Emma Roth | the edge
Explaining the feature, Raghavan used the example of trying to find a nut-free bar of chocolate in a supermarket. You would be able to scan an entire shelf of chocolate bars and then see overlays that provide “helpful insights,” such as reviews about each item. We believe Raghavan’s description of the feature It sums it up nicely: “This is like having Ctrl + F supercharged for the world around you.”me

face recognition

Clearview AI settles lawsuit and agrees to limit sales of facial recognition database
Ryan Mac and Kashmir Hill | New York times
Under the settlement, which has been filed in Illinois state court, Clearview will not sell its database of what it said are more than 20 billion facial images of most individuals and businesses in the country. But the company can still largely sell that database to state and federal agencies.”

Virtual Reality

ESPN+ launches the first-ever tennis match between a real person and their avatar ‘McEnroe vs.
Lauren Forrestal | Take Crunch
“In the match, the real McEnroe will face off against his ultimate opponent – his younger self. … The team in Unit 9 spent a day with John bringing vision to life with full-body scanning, motion capture, and Unreal Engine MetaHuman technology (a cloud-based application that creates digital humans). realistic.) The avatar game system will be displayed on a hologram particle screen and will be a simulation of playing with a ball launcher system and ball return bots.”

Blockchain

Heaven in Crypto Arcade: Inside the Web3 Revolution
Gilad Edelman | wired
“…to a core of true believers, Web3 stands apart from the flashy excesses and brazen misconduct of a flashy crypto casino. If cryptocurrency was originally about decentralizing money, Web3 is about decentralizing…everything. Its mission is almost painfully perfect. : liberating humanity not only from the domination of big tech companies but also from exploitative capitalism itself – and to do so only through code.”

computing

The man who controls computers with his mind
Ferris Jabr | New York Times Magazine
“Sixteen years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control. … Only a few dozen people on this planet have neural interfaces embedded in their cortical tissue as part of long-term clinical research. DeGray is Now one of the most experienced and dedicated of them all. Since that initial experience, he has spent over 1,800 hours spanning nearly 400 training sessions to control various forms of technology with his mind.”

Void

How Starlink Kept Ukraine Online
Tom Simonet | wired
“The rapid and large-scale launch of Starlink in Ukraine has also been an unplanned experiment with the potential geopolitical power of next-generation satellite internet services. If SpaceX or similar service providers are willing, high-speed internet from the sky could be a powerful tool. To provide connectivity to people or populations who are disadvantaged by war or authoritarian government.”

Science

Black hole image reveals the monster inside the heart of the Milky Way
Jonathan O’Callaghan | Quanta
The image immediately reveals new information about the monster of the Milky Way. The main things we discovered about Sag A* were: Is the black hole rotating? Sarah Issa, an astrophysicist and EHT team member said. And what is the direction of the black hole for us? Now we are quite sure that it is directed at us in one way or another, “with the poles pointing up and down, as if we were watching it from somewhere high above the equator.”

The first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Image Credit: EHT Collaboration

future

AI’s threats to jobs and human happiness are real
Eliza Strickland | IEEE Spectrum
Artificial intelligence expert Kai-Fu Lee says: “But the chaos of short-term jobs will give way to long-term prosperity. …IEEE Spectrum She talked to me about her [his book AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future], focusing on the last few chapters dealing with the big issues of job transfer, the need for new economic models, and the search for meaning and happiness in an age of plenty. Lee argues that technologists need to think seriously about such societal influences, rather than just think about technology.”

Ethics

San Francisco police use self-driving cars as mobile surveillance cameras
Aaron Gordon | Motherboard
“While the same companies, such as Alphabet’s Waymo and General Motors’ Cruise, are touting the potential transportation benefits their services may one day offer, they are not announcing another, less hypothetical use case: portable surveillance cameras for police departments,” the department’s training document says. San Francisco police obtained by Motherboard by requesting public records… “Autonomous vehicles are continuously recording their surroundings and have the ability to assist with investigation leads.” “Investigations have already done this many times.”me

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