Age of Robots

Age of Robots May-18

Age of Robots magazine is dedicated to reporting on the technology of the Second Machine Age and how it is impacting our society and psychology. We aim to keep readers abreast of the many advances taking place in artificial intelligence, robotics, and associated fields.

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2 min.
the editor matthew dahlitz

Welcome to a quantum world! Well it's always been a quantum world but only now are we beginning to harness the "spooky" power of quantum mechanics in computing and other technologies. This issue we will be looking at some of the fascinating advances that are being made in the quantum arena and get to know some very interesting people and the work they are doing. Of the interesting characters in the quantum landscape is William Hurley, best know as whurley (and no, there's no capital "W", his name is a Unix username apparently), who at one time worked for IBM, with the title of Master Inventor! Our North American correspondent, Mark Sackler, sat down with whurley at the recent SXSW to talk about quantum computing. As chair of the IEEE Quantum…

2 min.
in brief

New quantum spin liquid For the first time researchers have produced the superconductor-like quantum spin liquid predicted by Paul W. Anderson. This is an important step towards understanding superconductors and quantum materials. The preparation of a quantum spin liquid was made possible by a new way of tailoring the properties of magnetic materials that was developed by chemists at Aalto University. The results of the research have been published in Nature Communications. Source: Aalto University Quantum Machine Shows Promise for Biological Research In first quantum machine learning study with biological data, USC researchers leverage D-Wave to understand gene regulation Researchers have demonstrated how a quantum processor could be used as a predictive tool to assess a fundamental process in biology: the binding of gene regulatory proteins to the genome. This is one of the first…

4 min.
the promise and perils of ai

Tess Posner Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to have a huge impact—in fact, it already has. And now is the time to make sure it has the right impact; a positive and inclusive one. How do we get there? With retraining, high standards, and a concentrated effort to include diverse voices and viewpoints. AI is being called “the new electricity”, and the globaleconomic impact of AI applications is expected to reach $2.95 trillion by 2025. The effects of AI won’t simply be concentrated among the companies developing the technology or among the tech savvy, however. The impacts will reach almost everyone. We’re already seeing AI incorporated across fields and activities as varied as medical diagnosis, chatbots and AI personal assistants, self-driving cars, and language translation, to name a few. A recent…

4 min.
artificial intelligence techniques reconstruct mysteries of quantum systems

For the first time, physicists have demonstrated that machine learning can reconstruct a quantum system based on relatively few experimental measurements. This method will allow scientists to thoroughly probe systems of particles exponentially faster than conventional, brute-force techniques. Complex systems that would require thousands of years to reconstruct with previous methods could be wholly analyzed in a matter of hours. The research will benefit the development of quantum computers and other applications of quantum mechanics, the researchers reported on February 26 in Nature Physics. “We have shown that machine intelligence can capture the essence of a quantum system in a compact way,” says study co-author Giuseppe Carleo, an associate research scientist at the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute in New York City. “We can now effectively extend the…

11 min.
quantum computing

QUANTUM IMPOSSIBILITIES: A CONVERSATION WITH WHURLEY T keynote tin he , site Texas was speech . William a 37th with Hurley floor the suite alluring , aka in whurley the title new “ , The had Fairmont Endless just delivered Hotel Impossibilities in a Aus SXSW - of Quantum Computing” to a packed ballroom in the convention center across the street. When he walked into the room, I got the impression of a friendly, soft-spoken, teddy-bearish sort of man who just happens to be one of the smartest guys in any room. If I’d seen a picture of him without knowing who he was, I might guess he was a Swiss maker of hand-made cuckoo clocks. The best description of whurley, professionally, though, might be to describe him as an accomplished technologist…

1 min.
ibm 16 qubit processor

IBM announced on May 17, 2017 that it has successfully built and tested its 16 qubit processor (pictured above) which was quickly followed by the announcement in November 2017 of the development of a 50 qubit machine. At the same time IBM started making 20 qubit systems available through its cloud computing platform. IBM have been making significant advances in developing quantum computing but are not the only company making such advances—other computing companies like Canadian D-Wave have similarly advanced machines in use with clients such as NASA and Google. Below is an image of the IBM Q Lab at the T.J. Watson Research Center, NY where IBM is building commercially available universal quantum computing systems. “IBM Q” quantum systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform. (Photo:…