In November, 50 music students from the University of York, in England, played their first concert as the world’s largest digital orchestra. Ambrose Field, the director, calls his Worldscape Laptop Orchestra ”a vast, humanly controlled synthesizer.” The ensemble combines drummers, DJs, and classical violinists to modernize the traditional orchestra. The musicians produce a range of sounds by typing commands and by sweeping their hands in front of a camera inside the laptop, which translates the movement into sound. As the students perform, algorithms follow the music and drop in new sounds.
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To solve engineering problems, the go-to machine used to be analog, not digital
Controlling Qubits in Silicon at Picosecond Speeds
Superfast control of cubits makes silicon a more likely contender of future quantum computers
Google Tests First Error Correction in Quantum Computing
A quantum computing team hired by Google has built the first system capable of correcting its own errors
Internet-of-Things Radio Chip Consumes a Little Power to Save a Lot
MIT engineers build a 100-fold more efficient transmitter by stopping up leaky transistors
Rooting Out Malware With a Side-Channel Chip Defense System
A new software-agnostic malware detection tool detects cyberattacks by their power consumption
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2023 if we do it right; tomorrow if we do it crazy
Will Tomorrow's Supercomputers Be Superconducting?
IARPA looks to low-power superconducting logic for high-performance computing
Tianhe-2 Continues Reign As World’s Best Supercomputer
Little change since last year in ranking of world's most powerful machines
IBM Is Redesigning Supercomputers to Solve Big Data Problems
IBM received $325 million in federal contracts to build two new supercomputers aimed at sifting through huge amounts of data
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Atoms get stuck and cooled in a loop of wire on a chip
Has Moore’s Law Become Moot for PCs?
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Long Live the Copper Qubit!
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4-D Printing Turns Carbon Fiber, Wood Into Shapeshifting Programmable Materials
The next piece of flat-pack furniture you buy from Ikea might be able to assemble itself
Li-ion Battery Has Its Own Fire Alarm
With a sensor layer added to its Li-ion battery, your phone could text you before it bursts into flames
Make It So: Open Source, Arduino-Based Tricorder Nears Completion
It's not science fiction anymore. It's a real, working tricorder straight out of Star Trek
Expedition Brings High Speed Connectivity to the Ocean Floor
After months at sea, the VISIONS 14 expedition has laid out power and communications infrastructure for a seafloor observatory spanning the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate
How IBM Got Brainlike Efficiency From the TrueNorth Chip
TrueNorth takes a big step toward using the brain’s architecture to reduce computing’s power consumption
Can Ultrascale Computing Remain Sustainable?
NESUS, a European research network, aims to find out
Google's First Quantum Computer Will Build on D-Wave's Approach
Google's first quantum computer may represent a more stabilized version of D-Wave's specialized machines
Google Hires Quantum Computing Expert John Martinis to Build New Hardware
New team of rivals includes D-Wave and researchers that once cast aspersions on its quantum computer claims