Archive for July, 2013

Quantum computers of the future will have the potential to give artificial intelligence a major boost

Quantum computers


30 July 2013 – Algorithms developed so far for quantum computers have typically focused on problems such as breaking encryption keys or searching a list — tasks that normally require speed but not a lot of intelligence. But in a series of papers posted online this month on Arxiv (which is an open e-print archive with over 100,000 articles in physics, 10000 in mathematics, and 1000 in computer science) Seth Lloyd of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and his collaborators have put a quantum twist on AI.

The team developed a quantum version of “machine learning”, a type of AI in which programs can learn from previous experience to become progressively better at finding patterns in data. Machine learning is popular in applications ranging from e-mail spam filters to online-shopping suggestions. The team’s invention would take advantage of quantum computations to speed up machine-learning tasks exponentially.

You can read more in an article that posted in Nature magazine by clicking here.



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What Wi-Fi would look like if we could see it

Wi Fi visualization


23 July 2013 – Artist Nickolay Lamm, a blogger for, decided to shed some light on the subject of Wi-Fi. He created visualizations that imagine the size, shape, and color of wi-fi signals were they visible to the human eye.  “I feel that by showing what wi-fi would look like if we could see it, we’d appreciate the technology that we use everyday. A lot of us use technology without appreciating the complexity behind making it work.”

So, working with M. Browning Vogel, Ph.D., an astrobiologist and former employee at NASA Ames.  Vogel described the science behind wireless technology, and Lamm used the information to create the visualizations. And Vogel then provided captions for each illustration explaining the science of wi-fi: the size of a wi-fi energy field, and how a signal is transmitted.

Some very coll work here. For the full post plus Lamm’s visualizations click here.… Read more

The Black Hat/DEF CON conferences run next week

Black Hat 2013






 By: Eric De Grasse, Chief Technology Officer

20 July 2013 – Black Hat runs next week from July 27th to August 1st at Caesar’s Palace resort in Las Vegas. And while the Mobile World Congress is Greg’s favorite, Black Hat is my favorite. Black Hat is held in parallel with the DEF CON hacker conference. DEF CON starts August 1st only a mile down the road from Caesar’s Palace. While both conferences revolve around security topics, they cater for different target audiences.

Unlike the Black Hat conference, which is hosted by a large media company (UBM Tech), DEF CON is considered a classical hacker convention. And the conference organizers take a suitably different stance on having government officials among their participants. If you have seen the media blitz you know that General Keith Alexander, the Director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Commander of the United States Cyber Command, is to be a keynote speaker at this year’s Black Hat conference. DEF CON was aghast since only a few days before the Black Hat … Read more

According to 451 Research, the cloud computing market may become an oligopoly of high-volume vendors



16 July 2013 – Oligopoly: A market in which there are a limited number of providers providing the same service. Its political counterpart, oligarchy, means rule by a few. 

So starts an article by Joe McKendrick which was published in Forbes magazine last week, leading off his review of a research note by Owen Rogers, senior analyst at 451 Research, who suggests the emergence of an IT oligopoly. It’s a brilliant research note and provides a great “cloudonomics” tutorial.

Is the cloud computing marketplace becoming the domain of a few big vendors? With large players including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM coming online with similar types of services, we may be starting to see a consolidation of the primary cloud computing market into the hands of a few powerful vendors.

Actually, Owen’s report goes further to say what is emerging is both an oligopoly and monopoly at the same time. With identical services comes commoditization, and only big vendors that can deliver huge economies of scale with margins will survive in this space. He adds that perhaps the “oligopoly … Read more