Computing

  1. IBM's quantum computer
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum computers take a step forward with a 50-qubit prototype

    Race to build ever-more-powerful processors edges the technology closer to being able to best traditional machines.

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  2. Go stones on a Go board
    Artificial Intelligence

    The newest AlphaGo mastered the game with no human input

    AlphaGo Zero is the first AI system of its kind to learn the game just by playing against itself.

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  3. M. Ehsan Hoque
    Computing

    M. Ehsan Hoque develops digital helpers that teach social skills

    Computer scientist M. Ehsan Hoque programs emotionally attuned assistants that bring people together.

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  4. tiny transistor
    Tech

    The incredible shrinking transistor just got smaller

    Tiniest transistor, made with carbon nanotubes, suggests computers aren’t done shrinking down.

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  5. qubit representation
    Quantum Physics

    A quarter century ago, the qubit was born

    The invention of the qubit a quarter century ago enabled the quantum information revolution.

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  6. IBM quantum computer
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum computers are about to get real

    Qubit-based machines are gearing up to solve problems that are out of reach for even the most powerful supercomputers.

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  7. cyberattack
    Science & Society

    Choosing the right cyberattack response is a complicated game

    Public shaming or retaliation aren’t necessarily the best strategies in the world of cyber warfare, an analysis reveals

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  8. human player versus poker bot
    Computing

    Winning against a computer isn’t in the cards for poker pros

    Poker-playing computers beat professional players at heads-up no-limit Texas Hold’em.

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  9. talking to a smartphone
    Computing

    Speech recognition has come a long way in 50 years

    Early versions of computer speech recognition relied on word sounds. Now, they add pattern recognition and a lot of statistics.

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  10. Germanium
    Materials Science

    Germanium computer chips gain ground on silicon — again

    Having pushed silicon to its limit, engineers are turning back to germanium.

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  11. two graphs
    Computing

    Retracted result on network equivalence reinstated

    Graph isomorphism result still stands, despite error.

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  12. NASA image from "Hidden Figures"
    Math

    Hidden Figures highlights three black women who were vital to the U.S. space program

    "Hidden Figures" tells the untold story of the "human computers" who were essential to the launch of the U.S. space program.

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