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

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

COMPUTING

IBM target: a 4,000-qubit processor by 2025
Edd Gent | IEEE spectrum
“The first iteration of [IBM’s 2020] script finished with [1,121-qubit] Condor processor that is slated to launch in 2023, but now the company has revealed plans for a 1,386-qubit processor, called Flamingo, to appear in 2024 and for a 4,158-qubit device called Kookaburra to debut in 2025.”

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

DeepMind’s new AI can perform over 600 tasks, from playing games to controlling robots
Kyle Wiggers | TechCrunch
“Cat is what DeepMind describes as a ‘general purpose’ system, a system that can be taught to perform many different types of tasks. DeepMind researchers trained Gato to complete 604, to be exact, including captioning images, dialoguing, stacking blocks with a real robotic arm, and playing Atari.”

NANOTECHNOLOGY

These nanobots can swim around a wound and kill bacteria
Max G. Levy | Wired
“The team loaded silica nanobots with experimental antibiotics – including a wasp venom derivative – to treat infected wounds in mice. The nanobots, which were dropped at one end of an infected wound, traveled through the skin to treat the entire area – the first report of nanobots killing bacteria in animals.”

AUGMENTED REALITY

Google Says Its New Image Search Features Are Like ‘Ctrl + F to the World Around You’
Emma Roth | On the edge
“In explaining the feature, Raghavan used the example of trying to find a nut-free chocolate bar in a supermarket. You’ll be able to scan an entire shelf of candy bars and see overlays that provide ‘useful insights’, such as comments on each object. We think Raghavan’s description of the feature sums it up pretty well: ‘This is like having an overloaded Ctrl+F for the world around you.’I

FACIAL RECOGNITION

Clearview AI closes lawsuit and agrees to limit facial recognition database sales
Ryan Mac and Kashmir Hill | The New York Times newspaper
“Under the settlement, which was filed in an Illinois state court, Clearview will not sell its database of what it says are more than 20 billion facial photos to most individuals and businesses in the country. But the company can still sell that database to federal and state agencies.”

VIRTUAL REALITY

ESPN + ‘McEnroe vs. McEnroe’, the first tennis match between a real person and their virtual avatar
Lauren Forristal | TechCrunch
“In the match, the real McEnroe will face his ultimate opponent – ​​his younger self. …The Unit 9 team spent a day with John to bring the vision to life through full-body scanning, motion capture, and Unreal Engine MetaHuman technology (a cloud-based application that creates photorealistic digital humans). The avatar game system will be projected on a hologram particle screen and will be a gameplay simulation with a system of ball launchers and ball return robots.”

BLOCKCHAIN

Crypto Arcade Heaven: Inside the Web3 Revolution
Gilad Edelman | Wired
“…for a core of true believers, Web3 stands apart from the blatant excesses and blatant misbehavior of the neon cryptocurrency casino. If cryptocurrency was originally about decentralizing money, Web3 is about decentralizing…everything. Its mission is almost painfully idealistic: to free humanity not only from the domination of Big Tech, but also from exploitative capitalism itself – and to do so purely through code.”

COMPUTING

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

SPACE

How Starlink Struggled to Keep Ukraine Online
Tom Simonite | Wired
“The rapid and widespread launch of Starlink in Ukraine was also an unplanned experiment in the geopolitical potential of next-generation satellite internet services. If SpaceX or similar providers are willing, high-speed internet from the sky could be a powerful way to provide connectivity to people or populations suffering the deprivations of war or authoritarian rule.”

SCIENCE

Black hole image reveals the beast inside the heart of the Milky Way
Jonathan O’Callaghan | How much
“The image immediately reveals new information about the Milky Way monster. ‘The main things we found out about Sag A* were: is the black hole spinning? Yes, it is,” said Sara Issaoun, an astrophysicist and member of the EHT team. ‘And what is the black hole’s orientation relative to us? We are now quite confident that it is pointed more or less directly in front of us,’ with the poles pointing up and down, as if we were viewing it from a point well above its 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
“But short-term work chaos will give way to long-term prosperity,” says AI expert Kai-Fu Lee. …IEEE spectrum talked to Lee about [his book AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future], focusing on later chapters that address the big issues of job displacement, the need for new economic models, and the search for meaning and happiness in an age of plenty. Lee argues that technologists need to seriously think about such social impacts, rather than just thinking about technology.”

ETHIC

San Francisco police are using self-driving cars as mobile surveillance cameras
Aaron Gordon | Motherboard
“While companies themselves, such as Alphabet’s Waymo and General Motors’ Cruise, tout the potential transportation benefits their services may one day deliver, they don’t disclose another use case, one that is far less hypothetical: surveillance cameras. furniture for police departments. … ‘Autonomous vehicles are continuously recording their surroundings and have the potential to help with investigative leads,’ says a San Francisco Police Department training document obtained by Motherboard through a public records request. ‘Investigations have done this several times.’I

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