Yesterday, IBM announced it’s reached a new quantum computing milestone, hitting its highest Quantum Volume to date.

Using a 27-qubit client-deployed system, IBM achieved a Quantum Volume of 64.

Quantum Volume is a metric that determines how powerful a quantum computer is. It measures the length and complexity of quantum circuits, the building blocks of quantum applications. Just two months ago, Honeywell similarly announced it had a quantum computer running client jobs with a Quantum Volume of 64. Honeywell reached the milestone with just a 6-qubit system.

Recently, the governor of New Jersey put out an urgent plea due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it wasn’t just for ventilators or PPE, it was for COBOL developers.

Yes, COBOL, a programming language from the 1950s.

Fireship explains in 100 seconds why COBOL is the hottest programming language of 2020.

O’Reilly and TensorFlow teamed up to present the first TensorFlow World last week.

It brought together the growing TensorFlow community to learn from each other and explore new ideas, techniques, and approaches in deep and machine learning.

Presenters in the keynote:

  • Jeff Dean, Google
  • Megan Kacholia, Google
  • Frederick Reiss, IBM
  • Theodore Summe, Twitter
  • Craig Wiley, Google
  • Kemal El Moujahid, Google

Lex Fridman recently interviewed Garry Kasparov, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time.

From 1986 until his retirement in 2005, he dominated the chess world, ranking world number 1 for most of those 19 years. While he has many historic matches against human chess players, in the long arc of history he may be remembered for his match again a machine, IBM’s Deep Blue. His initial victories and eventual loss to Deep Blue captivated the imagination of the world of what role Artificial Intelligence systems may play in our civilization’s future. That excitement inspired an entire generation of AI researchers, including myself, to get into the field. Garry is also a pro-democracy political thinker and leader, a fearless human-rights activist, and author of several books including How Life Imitates Chess which is a book on strategy and decision-making, Winter Is Coming which is a book articulating his opposition to the Putin regime, and Deep Thinking which is a book the role of both artificial intelligence and human intelligence in defining our future.  

EPISODE LINKS:

OUTLINE:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:33 – Love of winning and hatred of losing
  • 4:54 – Psychological elements
  • 9:03 – Favorite games
  • 16:48 – Magnus Carlsen
  • 23:06 – IBM Deep Blue
  • 37:39 – Morality
  • 38:59 – Autonomous vehicles
  • 42:03 – Fall of the Soviet Union
  • 45:50 – Putin
  • 52:25 – Life