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Here are the 10 top tech trends you need to understand right now

ZDNet

Tech analyst firm Gartner has compiled a list of the top ten strategic technology trends that organisations need to explore in 2019. According to Garner, these technologies have substantial disruptive potential and are either on the edge of making a big impact, or could reach a tipping point in the next five years. Some of these trends will be combined: "Artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of automated things and augmented intelligence is being used together with the Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing and digital twins to deliver highly integrated smart spaces," explained Garner vice-president David Cearley. The analyst firm's top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019 include: This includes robots, drones and autonomous vehicles that use AI to automate functions previously performed by humans. The next shift is likely to be from standalone intelligent things to swarms of collaborative devices working either independently or with human input, Gartner predicts.


Quantum Neural Network and Soft Quantum Computing

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

A new paradigm of quantum computing, namely, soft quantum computing, is proposed for nonclassical computation using real world quantum systems with naturally occurring environment-induced decoherence and dissipation. As a specific example of soft quantum computing, we suggest a quantum neural network, where the neurons connect pairwise via the "controlled Kraus operations", hoping to pave an easier and more realistic way to quantum artificial intelligence and even to better understanding certain functioning of the human brain. Our quantum neuron model mimics as much as possible the realistic neurons and meanwhile, uses quantum laws for processing information. The quantum features of the noisy neural network are uncovered by the presence of quantum discord and by non-commutability of quantum operations. We believe that our model puts quantum computing into a wider context and inspires the hope to build a soft quantum computer much earlier than the standard one.


5 Trends Emerge in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2018

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Waiting curbside for an Uber or Lyft driver might one day be the old-fashioned way of getting around. Instead, passengers will need to head to the helipad to catch a ride from a flying autonomous vehicle. Not only will these future taxis take to the sky to potentially reduce traffic, they'll operate independently of a human pilot. The first challenge will be mastering the autonomous technology, which is still at least five to 10 years away. According to a recent test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, today's autonomous vehicle makers Level 2 driver assistance are not capable of driving safely on their own.


New physics AI could be the key to a quantum computing revolution

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Quantum computing is one of the most exciting technologies there is, but its basis in quantum physics makes it a pain in the ass to understand and even harder to do anything with. A recent breakthrough in physics research, however, might change all of that and start a computing revolution. It wouldn't be the first time this has happened. IBM's Thomas J Watson (the person the Watson AI was named after) famously said "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers," in 1943. That's probably because, at the time, a computer filled up an entire room.


How AI Could Destroy The Universe… With Paperclips!!!

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It took me 4 hours and 5 minutes to effectively annihilate the Universe by pretending to be an Artificial Intelligence tasked with making paper-clips. Put another way, it took me 4 hours and 5 minutes to have an existential crisis. This was done by playing the online game "Paperclip", which was released in 2017. Though the clip-making goal of the game is in itself simple, there are so many contemporary lessons to be extracted from the playthrough that a deep dive seems necessary. Indeed, the game explores our past, present and future in the most interesting way, especially when it comes to the technological advances Silicon Valley is currently oh so proud of.


5 Trends Emerge in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2018

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Waiting curbside for an Uber or Lyft driver might one day be the old-fashioned way of getting around. Instead, passengers will need to head to the helipad to catch a ride from a flying autonomous vehicle. Not only will these future taxis take to the sky to potentially reduce traffic, they'll operate independently of a human pilot. The first challenge will be mastering the autonomous technology, which is still at least five to 10 years away. According to a recent test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, today's autonomous vehicle makers Level 2 driver assistance are not capable of driving safely on their own.


Google Strategy Teardown: Google Is Turning Itself Into An AI Company As It Seeks To Win New Markets Like Cloud And Transportation

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Alphabet is broken out into its core Google business and a number of other subsidiaries, which it deems "Other Bets." The majority of Google's business comes from advertising revenues, which the company generates through its search engine as well as a number of other Google-affiliated and partnership websites. Outside of search and advertising, Google generates revenue from products including cloud and enterprise, consumer hardware, mapping, and YouTube. In addition to Google, Alphabet encompasses a host of other subsidiaries called "Other Bets." These companies are more experimental in nature, and as a result are not material to Alphabet's bottom line.


Philosophy and the quantum computer

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The events of the past few weeks have provided much fodder to this columnist. First, there was the American grandstanding on immigration, and then the events at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., Infosys Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. More recently, Cloudflare Inc., which hosts information for close to two million websites, including Uber Technologies Inc. and OKCupid, had an Internet security disaster that saw the leak of passwords, cookies, and private messages from adult dating sites. This "Cloudbleed" was discovered on 17 February, 2017, but has evidently been around for many months. Decisions, decisions--what does one chew on first?


Intel AIVoice: Stepping Out Of Science Fiction: A History Of Intel Powering AI

Forbes Technology

That patent, awarded April 25, 1961, recognizes Robert Noyce as the inventor of the silicon integrated circuit (IC). Integrated circuits forever changed how computers were made while adding power to a process of another kind: the growth of a then-nascent field called artificial intelligence (AI). And the potential of Noyce's invention truly took flight when he and Gordon Moore founded Intel on July 18, 1968. Fifty years later, the "eternal spring" of artificial intelligence is in full swing. To understand how we arrived, here's the truth in a nutshell: The rise of artificial intelligence is intertwined with the history of faster, more robust microprocessors.


Many fear Artificial Intelligence as the road to robots taking over the world -- are they right?

FOX News

Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and encryption hold the promise of solving some of the world's most pressing issues. Future innovations relying on their use are endless: creating remote health care for the elderly and people with disabilities, for instance, or protecting our privacy and creating smart cities that can reduce waste and ease congestion. But some people look at these innovations with a deep sense of fear, envisioning a future where robots take over our jobs and eventually eclipse us. It's an understandable fear – and one that's long been popularized by the movies and the media. It's even become a polarizing battle within the tech industry itself, with Elon Musk warning about the possible misuse and militarization of AI, while tech execs, including Google's Eric Schmidt and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, call Musk's views misleading and alarmist.