Google claims it has achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ but IBM disagrees

Task that would take most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years completed by quantum machine in minutes For Google it was a historic announcement: a declaration that it had won the race to achieve quantum supremacy the moment that a futuristic quantum computer performed a task that stumped even the most powerful standard computer in the world. But for all the fanfare, which saw Googles CEO Sundar Pichai compare the feat to published its claim in the journal Nature on Wednesday after an earlier report on the work appeared briefly on a Nasa website last month. The paper describes how a team led by John Martinis, leader of the research team working on quantum supremacy, built a superconducting quantum processor named Sycamore …

Oh Good, Boston Dynamics Has Robots Doing Parkour Now

In this incredible demonstration by Boston Dynamics’ robot, Atlas, we see the machine executing a series of gymnastic/parkour maneuvers. Boston Dynamics adds: Atlas uses its whole body — legs, arms, torso — to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine. We created the maneuvers using new techniques that streamline the development process. First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions.   Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next. Using this approach, we developed the routine significantly faster than previous Atlas routines, with a performance success rate of about 80%. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: …

This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This story begins thousands of feet up in the air with migratory birds, and ends with a robotic fish swimming through the water below. To prepare for their journeys, birds fatten up big time, perhaps doubling their weight, essentially turning themselves into feathered batteries. Over many days and many miles, they burn that energy reserve to power their wings and keep themselves from starving and freezing. Eventually they reach their destinations emaciated. A fine idea—thought engineers from Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania—for a new energetic system for machines. It got them thinking: fat is a cool battery, but not necessarily feasible to replicate in a robot. But blood? In a human, blood distributes oxygen and energy for cells throughout …