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Intel’s Future is in the Palm of Your Hands

Intel showed off its latest foray into the 21st century, as the worlds largest semiconductor company begins to focus on more than just chips. Vice President Mike Bell talks about new earbuds, wireless charging and so much more.

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Heat-assisted recording technology will enable 40 TB HDDs by 2020

TDK has developed a heat-assisted recording technology, which will drastically increase the capacity of hard disk drives.

This technology uses a heat-assisted recording head to record by using temperature as well as magnetism. Currently, recording density is increased by using recording media with high magnetic coercivity, but that technology is also reaching its limit. In the new system, the coercivity of the medium, or the amount of reverse magnetic field required to change the value of the stored data, is temporarily reduced by heating it with a laser, which enables writing. As a result, the recording density is further increased.

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Google and NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

A peek at the early days of the Quantum AI Lab: a partnership between NASA, Google, and a 512-qubit D-Wave Two quantum computer. 

The Totalisator - An Algorithm that Led to an Industry

Before the advent of computers, special-purpose hardware was used to solve computational problems. For the pari-mutuel system of gambling the main problem was keeping accurate totals of the bets placed on each horse in a race, and the grand total of all bets, in the frenzied half hour before the race, when, at the larger racecourses, tens of thousands of bets would be placed at 100s of betting booths.

Mechanical solutions to this problem were pioneered by Sir George Julius who formed the company Automatic Totalisators Ltd., operating from Sydney, Australia. Indeed, this year is the centenary of Julius’ first machine which was set operating in Auckland, New Zealand in 1913.

Unboxing Leap Motion

Leap Motion represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

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The rise of human-computer cooperation

Brute computing force alone can’t solve the world’s problems. Data mining innovator Shyam Sankar explains why solving big problems (like catching terrorists or identifying huge hidden trends) is not a question of finding the right algorithm, but rather the right symbiotic relationship between computation and human creativity.

Tweaking Moore’s Law and the Computers of the Post-Silicon Era

What’s beyond silicon? There have been a number of proposals: protein computers, DNA computers, optical computers, quantum computers, molecular computers.

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Human ear fabrication shows potential for growth

Researchers in Boston are in the final stages of testing a new technique to fabricate a fully functional human ear with a patient’s own cells. Using scans, computer modelling and 3D printing, the scientists say their research heralds a new era of regenerative medicine.