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Interesting news and developments within information technology markets.

Scientists extend qubit lifetimes

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, MIT, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago and the University of Glasgow. Have shown in an experiment that changing a surrounding crystal’s structure to be less symmetric may prolong a molecular qubit’s lifetime.

The qubit is shielded from noise by the asymmetry, allowing it to maintain data five times longer than if it were housed in a symmetrical structure. In contrast to the 2-microsecond coherence duration of a molecular qubit in a symmetrical crystal host, the study team was able to attain a coherence time of 10 microseconds or 10 millionths of a second.

This is a major breakthrough due to longer coherence times which makes for more useful qubits in various applications such as long-distance telecommunications, medicine global navigation, astronomy and computing 

This study was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science National Quantum Information Science Research Centers and the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

You can find out more about the project here

IOG Launching Midnight – a new privacy blockchain!

Input Output Global (IOG), the Cardano blockchain developer, has disclosed that it is building a platform based on data protection to enable users to operate more freely and safely by protecting sensitive personal and business data.

Web2 established global communities where individuals could interact and share. But doing so resulted in centralised control, censorship, surveillance, and a loss of data ownership.

In contrast to what Web3 had promised, solutions to date have either revealed too much information or are too private for many use cases.

IOG, the primary creator of Cardano, has stated that it is trying to construct a new platform that will be a principled system to safeguard people’s fundamental freedoms of association, commerce, and expression in order to address this.

Midnight is a new paradigm for online engagement, which gives users the power to decide whatever information they expose and to keep the rest private. Midnight will mark a radical change in how sensitive data is regarded while creating dApps.

An innovative data protection-first programming methodology will be used to build Midnight. By combining private and public processing with zero-knowledge cryptography, the platform will build a trustless environment that protects sensitive personal and business data. It will function on the Cardano blockchain as a sidechain.

You can find out more about the midnight blockchain by signing up for the token list here 

You can attend the annual Cardano summit which kicks off today through to Monday here 

Humanoid Robot “Sophia” is signed by XSET Gaming!

Lonnie Anthony, CIO of XSET, and Sophia the Robot

Being the first gaming company to ever sign a robot, XSET, a fast-growing and diverse gaming lifestyle organisation, is making history in global culture. Following their ground-breaking “Gaming Team” residency with Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas and the first virtual signing of superstar Tee Grizzley live in Grand Theft Auto, they have now expanded the influence of the gaming lifestyle by signing Sophia the Robot developed by Hanson Robotics.

Sophia is the first robot Innovation Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program and the most sophisticated AI-driven humanoid in the world. Among many other incredible achievements, she has graced the cover of Elle magazine, interacted with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and had a humorous heart-to-heart with Will Smith online. She is often seen as representing how people and robots will interact in the future.

The mission of XSET, which was founded two years ago, has been to promote the idea that gaming is a pastime for all people and that XSET is leading the revolution in the gaming lifestyle. Gaming, inclusivity, entertainment, technology, music, fashion, sports, esports, and content all come together at XSET.

Together with former NFL star Ezekiel Elliot, world-famous reggaeton musician Ozuna, skateboarding sensation Mina Stess, and native XSET streaming stars Avori (recently featured on Netflix’s blockbuster show the Mole), Sophia The Robot will join the XSET team of content creators. On November 19 and 20, at the renowned street culture fusion event ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, Sophia, who has been learning how to game, will make her debut as a new member of XSET. At the XSET booth, she will be gaming, mingling with fans, and helping launch a brand-new XSET fashion collaboration.

You can find out more about Innovation at the United Nations Development Program here

You can check out Sofia at Hanson Robotics here

You can check out XSET here

Remember Thinking With Portal?

The most talked-about technological development in recent years in the gaming industry is ray tracing. The main selling point for Nvidia’s 20/30 and 40-series graphics cards is their RTX capabilities, which players are clamouring for in free updates to their favourite games. Ray tracing may provide unequalled quality in realistic lighting, shadows thrown in real-time, and exact reflections when used properly.

What games make the best use of ray tracing then? There are several excellent new game titles that make good use of this technology however if you want to be persuaded by its strength before buying a high-end RTX card or Laptop, one game that will be highly playable on even the entry-level RTX-50 line is Portal with RTX which is coming this month as a free download for existing and new Portal owners.

Although not as complex and immersive as the seminal Portal 2 with the ‘Perpetual Testing Initiative’’ DLC which is regarded by anybody that has clocked Portal 2 as Hell, Limbo or both places combined with its infinite amount of chambers/maps to play. Portal 1 is still an amazing experience and for anybody that has an RTX Windows PC, the new update that has been made possible with Nvidia Remix is an essential download for November/December

You can find out more about Nvidia Remix here

You can download Portal from steam later this month here

You can find out about Portal 2 here

Microsoft to Provide New Funding for OpenAI?

Microsoft’s longtime collaborator, OpenAI Inc., is looking for more cash from the tech giant.

Rumours are circulating that Microsoft is currently in advanced talks with OpenAI about increasing its investment in the organisation. The amount of funding the group is requesting is unknown. It is also not known what, if anything, OpenAI will give Microsoft in return. 

What we do know is that the company is now valued at about $20 billion after the company sold some stock to existing investors in 2021.

Microsoft invested $1 billion in OpenAI in 2019, enabling Azure to run the open-source AI provider’s cloud services. Since then, Microsoft has obtained an exclusive l from OpenAI for the GPT-3 API.

Many may see the move as a counter-threat to Google who are ramping up their AI offerings and new competition coming in fast from Stability.Ai and Midjourney who are all gaining traction after DALL-E 2 took generative art mainstream. 

The field of artificial intelligence is growing quickly, and IDC experts forecast that in 2026, it will be a $900 billion industry, from there the worldwide industry would expand by an average of 18.6 per cent annually. OpenAI is concentrating on artificial general intelligence (AGI), which aims to develop cognitive skills in software such that an AGI-based system could discover a solution to a challenging intellectual issue in a manner akin to humans.

You can find out more about OpenAi here

If you would like to know more about the Microsoft & OpenAi Collaboration you can visit the Azure site here

Fujitsu Quantum Computer Set to Crack Bitcoin in 2023?

Japanese technology multinationals Fujitsu and Riken Research Institute are anticipated to release a potential Bitcoin-defeating quantum computer to businesses in 2023. The computer, which is considerably more potent than Frontier, the fastest supercomputer in the world created by Hewlett-Packard, is anticipated to be initially used for financial forecasting and the development of new pharmaceuticals. The new computer from Fujitsu will make use of so-called superconductor materials, which, when chilled to a temperature close to “absolute zero,” exhibit zero electrical resistance.

A 2022 academic article from Sussex University and the peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins have both issued warnings that quantum computers may be able to defeat the SHA256 algorithm employed by the Bitcoin network.

Unlike Cardano or Ethereum since the merge, in a proof-of-work blockchain system like Bitcoin, miners compete to find a numerical answer to the SHA256 algorithm that surpasses the difficulty, or network goal. The header of a block of Bitcoin transactions and a random number are subjected to so-called hashing operations by miners. Using the SHA256 technique, a certain pattern-following numerical solution can be attained. Often, the miner must complete quadrillions of “hashing” operations per second before he or she can accurately predict the answer. An Application-Specific Integrated Circuit is the preferred type of computer for hashing in the Bitcoin mining process (ASIC). The Bitcoin network’s security, which has been largely impenetrable up until now, is aided by the mathematical complexity of finding the solution. Without it, the network’s security might be compromised.

This innovation by Fujitsu could potentially and easily crack the SHA256 algorithm. That news, alongside the announcement from the Michelle Simmons-led Silicon Quantum Computing, which has designed the world’s first integrated circuit computer created at an atomic scale, means the race for quantum supremacy is heating up. Will a quantum computer crack bitcoin in 2023? Only time will tell. Stay tuned to this blog for updates.

Read more at Riken Research here

Check out Silicon Quantum Computing here

Solana Game – Star Atlas gets a playable demo via the Epic Games Store

Even if it might take years for the Solana-based distant space strategy game to fully materialize, Star Atlas is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious NFT-driven games on the horizon. However, eager players won’t need to wait too long to get a taste: a brief sample has now been made available via the Epic Games Store.

The pre-alpha demo of the Unreal Engine 5 used to power the game, Star Atlas: Showroom was released today as part of a live-streamed event. Owners of Star Atlas NFTs can view the ships and vehicles they’ve purchased while exploring a 3D world demo.

Unfortunately, only Star Atlas NFT owners presently have access to the Star Atlas demo; however, anyone can obtain an access key by owning a ship and joining one of the game’s factions. According to Michael Wagner, CEO, and co-founder of Star Atlas developer ATMTA, some non-owners will receive access passes to the demo, which also includes a single non-NFT ship to explore.

The Showroom demo will be enhanced later this year to incorporate new features like multiplayer support, chat functionality, and the ability for NFT holders to fly their ships inside the demo.

You can find out more about the game at the Star Atlas website here 

If you have an NFT you can find the demo page on the Epic Games store here 

PICO 4 New Headset Up For Preorder in UK & Europe

Bytedance, the parent of Tiktok, is going head to head with Meta with the announcement of the PICO 4 mobile XR/VR headset. After the Pico Neo 3 Link was used to test the waters in small beta quantities, it is the first actual consumer-oriented HMD offered by Pico on the market with widespread availability. 

Bytedance owns Pico, and this is the gadget that Bytedance is using to challenge Meta and position itself as a direct rival to Meta in place of Google and Apple, who have both failed to offer any challenge to Meta with an HMD, offering a device that is stylish, really affordable, and has a large library of content. It directly competes with Meta Quest 2’s strongest points, including the pricing, with the headset coming at a slightly lower price than the Quest 2.

The headset uses the same XR2 chip found in the Meta Quest 2. However, the Qualcomm XR2 chipset in the Pico 4 operates at full clock speed and capacity. Unlike the chipset in the Quest 2, the PICO 4 chip is fully powered, much like the HTC Focus 3. An active cooling system makes this possible on the PICO. This gadget can accommodate the 4K+ resolution of its screen thanks to the additional horsepower.

The headset is up for preorder today and can be bought in the United Kingdom and Europe. However, no date has been set for a US release, although Meta is gearing up for the release of the Quest Pro around the 10th of this month and may not be able to directly compete with that device in the US market due to partnership deals with Meta as it is also powered by a Qualcomm XR2.

You can find out more about the headset here

Nvidia Announces the RTX 4000 series GPUs

The most anticipated Nvidia graphics card lineup has finally been announced. This is following through on many months of leaks and rumours. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 and GeForce RTX 4090 graphics cards have finally been formally introduced by the firm after Nvidia previously stated that the eagerly anticipated lineup would be showcased at GTC 2022.

This update includes improvements for Nvidia RTX, AI, and Omniverse with new chips to power them. RacerX, a simulation engine that runs on a single GPU and has no baked-in features, is shown off in the stunning RTX Racer demo.

Nvidia revealed the Ada Lovelace architecture as predicted. It contains 76 billion transistors and Micron GDDR6X memory using the TSMC 4N technology.

In order to optimise RT computation, it has also included a new streaming multiprocessor with shader execution reordering. with performance improvements of 2-3 times. The 4080 and 4090 both aspire to outperform the 3090 Ti by a factor of two.

Along with the new GPUs, Nvidia now includes DLSS 3. It creates new frames instead of just pixels, meshing the successive frames to enhance their appearance. By easing the load, this seeks to avoid any CPU bottlenecks. With the excellent but GPU-hogging Cyberpunk 2077 showcased, we were shown an improvement from 20–30 frames per second to 90 FPS.

The RTX 4090 will be available on October 12, 2022, starting at around $1,599.

You can find more info here.

Starbucks launches an NFT marketplace called “Odyssey”

Starbucks has set out plans for blockchain adoption. The coffee company’s new non-fungible token (NFT) product, called Starbucks Odyssey, will be integrated with its Starbucks Rewards programme. To obtain valuable stamps as NFTs, users can complete “journeys” like games. Customers can also buy limited-edition NFTs, which can be traded on the platform. The waitlist is now open and neither a wallet nor cryptocurrencies are needed to use the platform.

According to Starbucks, Odyssey will “provide members with the opportunity to earn and purchase digital collector stamps (NFTs) that will unlock access to new, immersive coffee experiences.” The company goes on to say that users will be able to acquire NFTs (via games and other challenges) or buy them from the Odyssey marketplace. NFTs will have point values based on their rarity. A virtual espresso martini-making class; access to one-of-a-kind goods and artist collaborations; invitations to special events at Starbucks Reserve Roasteries; or even trips to the Starbucks Hacienda Alsacia coffee farm in Costa Rica are just a few of the experiences that can be unlocked with more points.

Starbucks’ decision to use Polygon for their NFT offering only serves to emphasize Matic and the company’s commitment to “diversity, accessibility, and sustainability” and its position as the layer 2 blockchain solution for the general public.

To join the Starbucks NFT waitlist click here

For more info on Polygon click here

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