Google officially announced last week in the journal Nature that it achieved the milestone of "quantum supremacy." This phrase, coined by the physicist John Preskill in 2012, refers to the first use of a quantum computer to make a calculation much faster than we know how to do it with even the fastest supercomputers available. The calculation doesn't need to be useful: much like the Wright Flyer in 1903, or Enrico Fermi's nuclear chain reaction in 1942, it only needs to prove a point. Over the last decade, together with students and colleagues, I helped develop much of the theoretical underpinning for quantum supremacy experiments like Google's. I reviewed Google's paper before it was published.
Google plans to finally launch its new smart home industry standard called Matter this fall. Devices will all connect quickly and easily using Fast Pair and the platform will support a variety of voice assistants and networking protocols. Those include Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri as well as WiFi, Thread and Bluetooth LE. While Fast Pair feature has been used for headphones and audio gear, the company is working to use it for more things, including syncing lightbulbs and smart plugs with Android and Nest devices. You'll be able to scan a code with your phone to get things rolling, which should be quicker and easier than the current method for adding new gear to your arsenal.
"I grew up learning a lot about my history as an African-American. As I grew older, I realized that the black people that came before us has made us into what we are today, so of course I had to include them in my doodle," Johnson, who is the first African American to win the national competition, wrote in a blog. In addition to the celebration of natural hair, the 15-year-old's drawing is full of powerful imagery which gives several nods to black historical figures (Nelson Mandela, Frederick Douglass, among others), symbols that link the black experience in the United States to Africa and demonstrations from the past and present that declare black lives matter. Johnson, who's been painting since she was 7, said she worked on her project over her Thanksgiving break. The teen said art is just a hobby and she aspires to go into the criminal justice field one day.
It's no secret 2020 was an awful year. The gruesome pandemic, the maddening isolation, and, in the U.S., a presidential election that dragged on while the loser (outgoing President Donald Trump) stubbornly refused to concede despite the fact that he lost handily. Not to mention raging wildfires, tragic celebrity deaths, and mass protests against racial injustice. But in case you needed more proof how bleak this year was, Google's Year in Search could provide that data. Google released the data on the top trending searches for the year in the United States -- meaning queries that had a high spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2020 compared with 2019.
Think you don't need to care about the super inflammatory Google diversity manifesto that dropped this weekend? The tech community has been abuzz since Saturday about what the leaked document -- which is full of all kinds of sexist and racist commentary masquerading as an intellectual exercise -- actually means. Plenty of people have argued it doesn't mean much. SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley's gossip app is all over the place on the'Google Manifesto' To review, the screed was reportedly penned by James Damore (a software engineer first officially identified by Motherboard), who engages in a healthy dose of mental gymnastics to make the case that a) women are biologically different from men and that's why they don't get tech jobs and b) Google is not welcoming of conservative viewpoints and isn't open to rethinking its efforts to diversify. The notion that your genetic makeup has any influence on what kinds of jobs you'll be well-suited to is exceedingly outdated and dangerous.