Zoos Network To Contain Disease

Online health records could keep outbreaks from spreading to humans

3 min read

Keeping track of 100 head of cattle is a job for a cowboy; keeping track of 2 million elephants, emus, octopuses, orangutans, and other animals in the world’s more than 700 zoos and aquariums is a job for a coder. Zookeepers in 21 institutions have just begun testing the new Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), a US $20 million real-time global network of zoo and aquarium medical files and animal husbandry records. One of the main goals of ZIMS is to monitor the spread of animal diseases that can potentially cross over to humans.

”ZIMS tracks the health and transport of zoo animals through the career of the animal,” says Tracee Treadwell, a veterinarian and public health expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta. ”We have been involved in the initial design of the system and see its potential to identify new and emerging diseases among these animals.”

Keep Reading ↓Show less

This article is for IEEE members only. Join IEEE to access our full archive.

Join the world’s largest professional organization devoted to engineering and applied sciences and get access to all of Spectrum’s articles, podcasts, and special reports. Learn more →

If you're already an IEEE member, please sign in to continue reading.

Membership includes:

  • Get unlimited access to IEEE Spectrum content
  • Follow your favorite topics to create a personalized feed of IEEE Spectrum content
  • Save Spectrum articles to read later
  • Network with other technology professionals
  • Establish a professional profile
  • Create a group to share and collaborate on projects
  • Discover IEEE events and activities
  • Join and participate in discussions

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

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

4 min read
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.

Connie Zhou/IBM

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.

Keep Reading ↓Show less