Sunday, January 08, 2017

CES 2017: AI Assistants

Apparently Amazon's Alexa was getting most of attention (and support from some HW vendors)
Microsoft is working with car manufactures to integrate with Cortana cloud intelligence...
Apple's was early with Siri, no much attention recently...

Best of CES 2017: The Wild and Wondrous Technologies of the Year Ahead -
"Computers we talk to can be anywhere. To work best, they have to be everywhere—at home and in the office, in our cars, on the go."

Cloud Quantum Computing by IBM

podcast interview:
Chris Lirakis on the promise of quantum computing - O'Reilly Media
...novel computing architectures at IBM... quantum computing platform in the cloud,
the “IBM Quantum Experience,” was opened up to researchers, scientists, and the public.

IBM Quantum Computer is running on extremely cold environment, very near absolute 0 K and it has total of (only) 5 Qubits accessible via cloud, used mostly for scientific research. 
Quantum physics is well established science (while complex and mind-bending) but technology is using it for computing is still in early stages. "Cloud" is a very useful for providing access to such complex tools. Google also has a quantum computer for its internal usage. 

"Whereas common digital computing requires that the data be encoded into binary digits (bits), each of which is always in one of two definite states (0 or 1), quantum computation is analog and uses quantum bits, which can be in an infinite number of superpositions of states.