Report: Amazon Pushing to Develop an In-House Quantum Computer

As a company built and maintained on a deep foundation of technology, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is always looking to hone its competitive edge. Its latest attempt in this regard is, apparently, the development of proprietary quantum computing.

According to a report from Bloomberg published on Tuesday, internal job postings the media company had gained access to and information on LinkedIn strongly suggest that Amazon aims to build a quantum computer. The company is seeking to hire experts for a quantum hardware team, which will be housed inside its Amazon Web Services Center, said the report.

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Additionally, the LinkedIn page of a current company employee named Marc Runyan describes him as “Quantum Research Scientist at the Amazon Center for Quantum Computing.”

Today’s standard computers store information in binary form as either 0s or 1s, in units called bits. Quantum computers instead are based on so-called qubits, which can be

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Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Selects Immervision InnovationLab to Develop a Computer Vision Wide Angle Camera for the Blue UAS Framework Project

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Immervision, the Montreal-based leader in wide-angle intelligent vision, today announced it has received an award from the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for a Blue UAS Framework effort.

The Immervision InnovationLab team is developing a wide-angle computer vision camera for small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), enabling advanced low-light vision for Blue UAS Framework effort which provides affordable, trusted, high performing, and interoperable UAS drone technologies for commercial and defense applications.

“We are honored that the Defense Innovation Unit has chosen Immervision’s InnovationLab to create this innovative wide angle computer vision camera optimized for drones in low light vision and autonomous flight,” said Alessandro Gasparini, Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Commercial Officer of Immervision. “Immervision’s technology has been widely adopted in aerospace, surveillance systems and for consumer electronics for over 20 years. We look forward to working with the DIU

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CDC Awards Medscape Education Three Contracts to Develop Medical Education Programming Addressing Major Public Health Needs

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Medscape, the leading source of continuing medical education, clinical news, health information, and point-of-care tools for health care professionals (HCPs), has been awarded three contracts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).  These programs, focused on cancer care, invasive mold infections and chronic fatigue syndrome, will be developed by Medscape Education and delivered to its multi-specialty membership with certification for both physicians and nurses. A division of Medscape, Medscape Education is the leading destination for continuous professional development for HCPs.

While the medical world is appropriately focused on COVID-19, it is essential that other clinical topics, which impact the lives of millions of patients, are not overlooked. The programming will be focused on the following:

  • Cancer care: In collaboration with the National
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Scientists develop computer model that predicts how COVID-19 spreads



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Researchers have developed a computer model that predicts how the novel coronavirus spreads in US cities.

The model looks at three factors that play a role in infection risk: where people go during the day, how long they stay, and how many other people are visiting the same place at the same time. 

It found that most cases of the virus occur at ‘superspreader’ sites, such as coffee shops, full-service restaurants and gyms, where people are close together for extended periods of time.  

However, limiting capacity in these locations could reduce the number of infections by as much as 75 percent.

The team, from Stanford University School of Engineering, says its model can be used as a tool for officials to determine the tradeoff between new infections and reopening businesses, even at limited capacity.  



a man standing in front of a store: A computer model from Stanford University found that most COVID-19 infections occur at 'superspreader' sites, such as coffee shops, full-service restaurants and gyms. Pictured: A medical worker wears a face mask inside a pizzeria in New York City, November 9


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GM to add 3,000 tech jobs to develop vehicles and software

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will hire 3,000 more technical workers by early next year to help with virtual product testing and to develop software as a service.



FILE - This Jan. 27, 2020 file photo shows the General Motors logo in Hamtramck, Mich. On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, General Motors says it will hire 3,000 more technical workers by early 2021 to help with virtual product testing and to develop software as a service. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)


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FILE – This Jan. 27, 2020 file photo shows the General Motors logo in Hamtramck, Mich. On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, General Motors says it will hire 3,000 more technical workers by early 2021 to help with virtual product testing and to develop software as a service. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The automaker says it will offer more remote work opportunities to develop electric and autonomous vehicles.

GM wants to hire electrical system and infotainment software engineers as well as developers for Java, Android, iOS and other platforms. The company says it wants to increase diversity with the new hires to build on its existing software expertise.

Spokesman Stuart Fowle says most of the jobs

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EPFL engineers develop a computer chip with logic and data storage on a single architecture

Engineers at EPFL have made a breakthrough in electronics with the development of a computer chip combining logic operations and data storage into a single architecture. The breakthrough paves the way for more efficient computing devices in the future. The breakthrough came from the EPFL’s Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures.

Engineers say the architecture could have major benefits for artificial intelligence systems. The tech is the first to use a 2D material for a logic-in-memory architecture. That architecture combines both logic and memory functions. The energy efficiency of computer chips is traditionally limited by the von Neumann architecture currently used with data processing and data storage in two separate units.

Having data processing and storage in separate units means data has to be transferred continuously between the two using up time and energy. Combining processing and storage into a single architecture allows a reduction of both time and energy

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Physicists develop efficient modem for a future quantum internet

Physicists develop efficient modem for a future quantum internet
The Garching quantum modem: The crystal disk with the quantum bits of erbium atoms (arrows) is in the middle, the back and forth reflected infrared light is indicated by the red disks. Credit: Christoph Hohmann (MCQST)

The first quantum revolution brought about semiconductor electronics, the laser and finally the internet. The coming, second quantum revolution promises spy-proof communication, extremely precise quantum sensors and quantum computers for previously unsolvable computing tasks. But this revolution is still in its infancy. A central research object is the interface between local quantum devices and light quanta that enable the remote transmission of highly sensitive quantum information. The Otto-Hahn group “Quantum Networks” at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching is researching such a “quantum modem”. The team has now achieved a first breakthrough in a relatively simple but highly efficient technology that can be integrated into existing fiber optic networks. The work is published

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CSIRO’s Data61 and Ceres Tag to develop smart satellite-linked pet tracking collar

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Data61 has partnered with agtech firm Ceres Tag to develop a prototype smart collar to enable pet owners to track and locate their animals in real-time.

Dubbed as the companion collar, the prototype will use a combination of Data61’s embedded intelligence platform and Bluetooth technology to track the location of their pet within an established boundary, such as inside the home, but it will automatically switch to GPS location and satellite communications when the pet wanders outside of network. The information is fed to the owner in real time via an app.

According to Data61 senior research engineer Phil Valencia, unlike other smart trackers, this prototype will use a combination of technologies, rather than just the one, plus it will not require a mobile plan.

“Many devices only

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Walmart, Comcast in Talks to Develop Smart TVs; Roku Slides

Comcast  (CMCSA) – Get Report is reportedly in talks with retail giant Walmart  (WMT) – Get Report to develop and distribute smart TVs, as the cable titan looks to become a dominant hub for streaming apps.

Under the terms the companies are discussing, Walmart would promote TV sets running Comcast software, and would get a share of recurring revenue from Comcast in return, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Comcast’s talks with Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, are at an early stage and may not result in an agreement, the Journal said.

Shares of Comcast at last check were up 3.3% to $42.78, while Walmart was up 1.5% to $142.55. 

The Comcast software would help consumers navigate through their streaming apps and watch programming. 

The move would put Comcast up against tech companies that already are the major players in the streaming

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ExOne Awarded Contract to Develop and Qualify Novel High-Strength Steel for United States Air Force

The ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE), the global leader in industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, today announced that it was recently awarded a contract to develop binder jet manufacturing processes for a novel steel alloy for the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Awarded by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) on Sept. 1, the contract aims to develop and qualify AF-9628, a high-strength steel developed by the Air Force, for binder jet 3D printing.

AF-9628 is currently manufactured with both traditional and additive methods, such as laser powder bed fusion. Parts additively manufactured with AF-9628 are about 20 percent stronger than conventional AM alloys, in terms of ultimate tensile strength, the Air Force reports. However, binder jet 3D printing provides an opportunity to additively manufacture parts with this alloy at a much lower cost.

Binder jet 3D printing transforms powdered materials

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