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Tuesday Evening (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-December-2019  18:58:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fast Company have an article about Intel's transformation in the age of AI. Moore’s Law also implied a promise that Intel would continue figuring out, year after year, how to deliver the expected gain in computing power in its chips. For most of its history, Intel fulfilled that promise by finding ways to wedge more transistors onto pieces of silicon, but it’s gotten harder. “We’re running out of gas in the chip factories,” says Moor Insights & Strategy principal analyst Patrick Moorhead. “It’s getting harder and harder to make these massive chips, and make them economically.”

However, Intel say that Moore's Law is still holding true. Since 1965, this technological growth estimate has brought us from large computing mainframes to sophisticated smartphones. Thus, the “death” of Moore’s Law has the potential to lead to the stagnation of technology itself, but Keller suggests that this perspective fails to acknowledge much of the complexity of Moore’s Law.

There's talk of a broadband tax in Australia, essentially punishing people for not moving from terrible old ADSL to terrible new NBN. Brilliant. I say this as someone who only moved over within the last year or so, had a 19-day outage because of the move and who sees barely any difference in experience now I'm on the NBN.

In fact, Australia continues to serve as an example of what not to do with broadband policy. Critics in the UK immediately referred to the NBN disaster in Australia and ridiculed the plan. However, the plan in the UK is rather different.

Meanwhile, the Government is looking into social media and its influence on Australian politics. A probe into the rampant spread of "fake news" fuelled by foreign actors on social media has been established after federal Labor won the support of the Morrison government on Thursday to set up an inquiry. The new Senate select committee will inquire into and report on the risk posed to Australia's democracy by foreign interference through sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WeChat.

Wired have an interesting article about PlayStation-based supercomputers. Dozens of PlayStation 3s sit in a refrigerated shipping container on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s campus, sucking up energy and investigating astrophysics. It’s a popular stop for tours trying to sell the school to prospective first-year students and their parents, and it’s one of the few living legacies of a weird science chapter in PlayStation’s history.

Back to Intel again, and their recent focus on Quantum Computing. Chipmaker Intel has announced a new chip codenamed “Horse Ridge", which is meant to make quantum computing commercially viable. The company claims the chip will allow companies to control multiple qubits and “set a clear path toward scaling future systems to larger qubit counts".



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