Hardware

Google's Tensor Processing Unit board
Computing

Google researchers explain the benefits of the company's mysterious Tensor Processing Unit

Photo: Michael Kaiser
Computing

New memory cells could find use in wearables and print-on-demand electronics

Woman demonstrating the IBM 1460
Geek Life

It took tiny electromagnetic hammers to keep up with new data-processing systems

Two rectangular tabletop machines. The one on the left is bright yellow, red, green, and blue. The one on the right is mostly black and white.
Gadgets

Will the New Matter Mod-t or the daVinci miniMaker get 3D printing into the hands of kids?

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Geek Life

Sharon Weinberger’s new book, The Imagineers of War, reveals some real-life X-Files

Teal's drone uses the Nvidia Jetson module to identify what its cameras see, attaching labels in real time to, in this demo, people
Computing

And they have a new piece of hardware—the Jetson TX2—that they hope everyone will use for this edge processing

Two women surrounded by computing equipment study a device made from tubes and wires
Computing

The goal: a 50-qubit commercial universal quantum computer within five years

illustration of underwater data center
Computing

Microsoft wants to submerge data centers to keep them cool and to harvest energy from the sea

A self-destruct mechanism based on an expanding polymer layer can destroy a silicon chip within 10 seconds
Gadgets

New self-destruct mechanism that works within 10 seconds could protect laptops and other devices from theft or espionage

Photo: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Semiconductors

The experimental 1,000-component optical processor is made for challenges like the “traveling salesman problem”

Illustration of a book opened over a laptop computer
Computing

Supercharged hardware will speed up deep learning in everything from tiny devices to massive data centers

Opening illustration for Reflections department page.
At Work

Samuel Arbesman has some radical ideas for coping with complexity

The Canadian startup Maluuba has developed deep-learning datasets to train AI on language comprehension and dialogue
Computing

Maluuba sees reading comprehension and conversation as key to true AI. It's built a new way to train AIs on those skills

The Volkswagen logo sits on the automaker's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany
At Work

Volkswagen cuts 30,000, NetApp, and Marvell also slash jobs. But Tinder is on the hunt in Silicon Valley and Tesla puts out a help-wanted sign in Germany

China and the United States Tied for Number of Top 500 Supercomputers
Computing

They're an even match for computing power, too

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Semiconductors

Simple hardware speeds core-to-core communication

Stanford University Ising Machine
Computing

A specialized computer based partly on light pulses could solve some of the trickiest problems for conventional computers

DJI Phantom 3, Roomba, Amazon Echo, Kiva, and Google Self-Driving Car
Robotics

AI is going to make analog computing popular again

Google's DeepMind lab gave deep learning software external memory to perform tasks such as navigating the London Underground map
Computing

The Deep Mind AI lab is giving deep learning a memory boost

Modal VR's virtual reality system for commercial applications includes a wearable headset, a full-body motion tracking suit, and a computer peripheral it calls the VR Fabricator
Computing

Startup Modal VR says it has built the closest thing yet to the holodeck—and wants to sell it to the business world

Computing

Fujitsu's memory tech squeezes more efficiency from deep learning algorithms running on GPUs

The Google Translate icon on the screen of a smartphone
Computing

Google engineers balanced speed and accuracy to deploy deep learning in Chinese-to-English translations

IEEE Spectrum senior editor Tekla Perry takes a treadmill jog while asking Radar Pace smart glasses questions
Gadgets

If your smart glasses contain a virtual companion who knows exactly what you are doing and has an opinion about it, are you living in an augmented reality?

An illustration of a pore in a cell membrane with calcium ions flowing through
Semiconductors

Engineers used memristors to accurately emulate a key part of learning and memory in the human brain

Brain inspired computing
Computing

IBM's TrueNorth computer chip shows it can do deep learning despite not having been designed for it

Photo by James Newman
Geek Life

The wondrous insanity of a 42,300-transistor CPU the size of a room

A underwater acoustic hologram projects a pair of rings onto the water's surface
Computing

Instead of an ultrasonic transducer array, you can now make tractor beams with some plastic and a 3D printer

A close up of the Haswell-EX Xeon E7-8890 V3 multicore processor chip shows 18 cores.
Semiconductors

Turning burdensome software into simple hardware speeds core-to-core communication in microprocessors

A picture of the 6 mm x 2 mm photonic integrated circuit chip, containing two quantum random number generators
Computing

Researchers build a photonic integrated circuit that could one day give smartphone security true random numbers

Apple's new iPhone 7 Plus boasts two cameras to do zoom and background blur
Gadgets

Apple dips into the multicamera waters, while startup Light gets ready to ship a 16-camera device


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