Robo-girls Know the Way to San Jose

A record number of all-girls teams competed in the Silicon Valley Regional match of the FIRST Robotics competition

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An unprecedented seven all-girl teams brought their best robots to San Jose State University to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Silicon Valley Regional match [Click here to read the first story in this series.]. The routes they took to the competition, held during the weekend of 15 to 17 March, were as different as their robots.

Elena Livek's story began in a classroom at Notre Dame High in San Jose. "My friend and I were serving detention, and there was this robot in there, and I asked about it," she says. Impressed with what she learned, Elena joined Jankster, a new robotics team that had only enough resources to attend a single competitive event. The Silicon Valley match for the Jankster team was all or nothing.

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An IBM Quantum Computer Will Soon Pass the 1,000-Qubit Mark

The Condor processor is just one quantum-computing advance slated for 2023

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This photo shows a woman working on a piece of apparatus that is suspended from the ceiling of the laboratory.

A researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center examines some of the quantum hardware being constructed there.

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IBM’s Condor, the world’s first universal quantum computer with more than 1,000 qubits, is set to debut in 2023. The year is also expected to see IBM launch Heron, the first of a new flock of modular quantum processors that the company says may help it produce quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits by 2025.

This article is part of our special report Top Tech 2023.

While quantum computers can, in theory, quickly find answers to problems that classical computers would take eons to solve, today’s quantum hardware is still short on qubits, limiting its usefulness. Entanglement and other quantum states necessary for quantum computation are infamously fragile, being susceptible to heat and other disturbances, which makes scaling up the number of qubits a huge technical challenge.

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