This week’s amazing tech stories from around the web (until June 4th)


Manipulation of photons for microseconds exceeds 9,000 years on a supercomputer
Johannes Timmer | Ars Technica
“Thanks to some changes to the design described a year ago, [quantum computing startup] Xanadu is now able to perform operations with sometimes more than 200 qubits. And it showed that simulating the behavior of just one of these operations on a supercomputer would take 9,000 years, while its optical quantum computer can do it in just tens of milliseconds.”


Researchers in Japan have just set a staggering new data transfer speed record
Andreas Liszewski gizmodo
“Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have successfully sent data over a custom-designed multi-wire fiber optic cable at a speed of 1.02 petabits per second over a distance of 51.7 km. That’s the equivalent of sending 127,500GB of data per second, which the researchers say is also enough capacity for over “10 million channels of 8K broadcasts per second.”I


California allows driverless taxi services to operate in San Francisco
Associated Press | The guard
“Cruise and another robotic car pioneer, Waymo, have already charged passengers for rides in parts of San Francisco in autonomous vehicles, with a backup human driver present to take control if something goes wrong with the technology. But now Cruise has been given permission to charge for trips in vehicles with no one else seated besides the passengers — a goal that a variety of tech companies and traditional automakers have been pursuing for more than a decade.”


With Glass Buried Under Ice, Microsoft plans to preserve music for 10,000 years
Mark Wilson | Fast company
“It is located in Norway and is part of a cold storage facility drilled into the same mountain as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. While the Seed Vault protects the Earth’s seed vault, the Global Music Vault aims to preserve the art of sound for generations to come. … Dubbed Project Silica, you could oversimplify it [Microsoft’s] Technology as something like a glass hard drive that reads like a CD. It’s a 3″ x 3″ platter that can hold 100GB of digital data, or about 20,000 songs, pretty much forever.”


“How do you decide?” In the CAR-T crisis of cancer treatment, patients are dying on a waiting list
Angus Chen | Stat
“By the fall of 2021, Patel saw only one way to save Goltzene’s life — a newly approved CAR-T cell therapy for myeloma. … It’s an approach that’s changing the way blood cancer is treated: CAR-T therapy labs turn the immune system’s T cells into cancer cell assassins by inserting a gene for what’s called a chimeric antigen receptor. But the process is slow and tedious, and drug makers just can’t keep up.”


How we let the universe think for us
Charlie Wood | quantum
“Building neural networks of vibrations, voltages and lasers, physicists argue that the future of computing lies in harnessing the complex physical behaviors of the universe. …McMahon regards his devices as impressive, if modest, proof that you don’t need a brain or a computer chip to think. “Any physical system can be a neural network,” he said.


AstroForge aims to succeed where other asteroid mining ventures have failed
Eric Berger | Ars Technica
“…the company plans to build and launch what Gialich referred to as a ‘little’ spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid to extract regolith, refine this material and send it back to Earth on a ballistic trajectory. It will then fly into Earth’s atmosphere with a small heat shield and land under a parachute. …Acain and Gialich, veterans of SpaceX and Virgin Orbit, respectively, readily concede that their proposal is quite bold. But they believe it’s time for commercial companies to look beyond low-Earth orbit.”


Listen to the brain with 10,000 electrodes
Barun Dutta | IEEE spectrum
“Version 2.0 of the [Neuropixels] The system, demonstrated last year, increases the number of sensors by about an order of magnitude over the initial version manufactured just four years earlier. It paves the way for future brain-computer interfaces that could allow paralyzed people to communicate at speeds approaching normal conversation. With version 3.0 in early development, we believe that Neuropixels is just at the beginning of a long journey of exponential growth in Moore’s Law capabilities.”

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