#427 September 9th, 2015 – Hardware vs. Wetware

This week’s headline story: Hardware vs. Wetware

wetwareSilicon Valley pioneer Elon Musk, has come up with a new more accurate way of comparing the computing power of the human brain to that of a computer. Rather than measure how quickly wetware or hardware can do calculations, the new method measures how quickly the brain or a computer can send communication messages within its own network. That benchmark could provide a useful way of measuring AI’s progress toward a level comparable with human intelligence. Musk estimates that the human brain is 30 times faster than the best supercomputers.

Other Headline News…

  • Quantum computer that ‘computes without running’ sets efficiency record [Phys.org]
    Researchers at Yale University and the University of Science and Technology of China have made a breakthrough in quantum computing. They have developed what they refer to as a “generalized CFC” quantum computer that computes without actually “running” with an efficiency of 85% with the potential to reach 100%. The breakthrough opens the doors to realizing a much greater variety of applications for quantum computing, such as low-light medical X-rays and the imaging of delicate biological cells and proteins—in certain cases, using only a single photon.
  • 3-D Printing Breaks the Glass Barrier [MIT Technology Review]
    Researchers at MIT have demonstrated the first-ever 3D Printer that can print molten glass through a nozzle and make transparent glass objects layer by layer according to digital instructions.

in Information Security News…

  • Report Says Baby Monitors at Risk of Hacking [NewsFactor]
    Computers, and mobile devices have been the target of hackers for years. More recently hackers have compromised the security on the computer systems that controls cars. What’s next? Baby Monitors. According to security firm Rapid7, several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts. Of biggest concern are the streaming video that these monitors transmit from a child’s bedroom.
  • Over 225,000 Apple iPhone Accounts Hacked by New Malware [NewsFactor]
    In what could be the biggest Apple hack ever, more than 225,000 valid iPhone accounts have been compromised and thousands of certificates, private keys, and purchasing receipts stolen, according to a new report from security company Palo Alto Networks. The firm has identified 92 samples of a new malware named KeyRaider that is targeting the iOS family.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Windows 10 hits the 75-million mark [Computerworld]
    Microsoft has declared its recently-released Windows 10 operating system a success! “More than 75 million devices are running Windows 10 — and growing every day,” Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices division, posted on Twitter.
  • Samsung, Motorola Debut New Smart Watches at IFA 2015 [NewsFactor]
    Wave of New Windows 10 Devices on Show at Berlin Tech Fair [NewsFactor]
    samsung gear S2 untethers itself from the smartphone [Designboom]
    The IFA 2015 consumer electronics show was held in Berlin last week. Among interesting new devices launched were numerous new computers designed for Windows 10. Also unveiled were new smart watches from Samsung and Motorola. The Samsung Gear S2 is of particular interest as a very attractive Android watch with the ability to work independently without a smartphone.
  • Google Search starts connecting you directly to plumbers, locksmiths [Engadget]
    Amazon launched a home services directory in 41 cities a few months ago, and now Google is following suite starting with San Fransisco. According to the Wall Street Journal, people living”in and around” San Francisco, will now get a list of ranked service providers when they search using keywords such as lock repair, house cleaning or clogged toilet.

and finally…

  • Amazon Firing Spree Follows Fire Phone Flop [Ecommerce Times]
    Looks like Amazon has finally faced up to the fact that it’s Fire phone is a flop. The Fire phone included special features like a 3D screen, facial recognition and the ability to make Amazon purchases directly from images or sounds captured. Amazon has fired dozens of engineers associated with the project.

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