Intel upgrades quantum computer ambitions with new control chip

Intel's Horse Ridge 2 chip, packaged in this metal housing, is designed to simplify communications between a quantum processor and conventional computers.

Intel’s Horse Ridge 2 chip, packaged in this metal housing, is designed to simplify communications between a quantum processor and conventional computers.


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Intel unveiled on Thursday its Horse Ridge 2 processor for controlling quantum computers, an important milestone in making the potentially revolutionary machines practical.

The Horse Ridge 2 isn’t a quantum processor itself but is designed to solve the challenges of communicating with future quantum processors with thousands or more qubits. The processor is the second generation of a family that debuted in 2019.

The processor comes as Intel endeavors to catch up with quantum computer rivals like IBM and Google. The chipmaker hopes it eventually will leapfrog the competition with processors housing vastly more qubits, the data processing element fundamental to quantum computers, than its competitors have. Horse Ridge 2

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Lunar mission is latest milestone in China’s space ambitions

WENCHANG, China (AP) – China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars.

China became the third country to put a person into orbit a generation ago and the first to land on the far side of the moon in 2019. Future ambitions include a permanent space station and putting people back on the moon more than 50 years after the U.S. did.

But even before the latest lunar mission lifted off before dawn Tuesday, a top program official maintained that China isn’t competing with anyone.

“China will set its development goals in the space industry based on its own considerations of science and engineering technology,” Pei Zhaoyu, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center at the China National Space Administration, told reporters hours before the Chang’e 5 mission was launched.

“We do not place rivals

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Lunar mission is latest milestone in China’s space ambitions

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars.

China became the third country to put a person into orbit a generation ago and the first to land on the far side of the moon in 2019. Future ambitions include a permanent space station and putting people back on the moon more than 50 years after the U.S. did.

But even before the latest lunar mission lifted off before dawn Tuesday, a top program official maintained that China isn’t competing with anyone.

“China will set its development goals in the space industry based on its own considerations of science and engineering technology,” Pei Zhaoyu, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center at the China National Space Administration, told reporters hours before the Chang’e 5 mission was launched.

“We do not place rivals

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Why Investors Shouldn’t Ignore This High-Growth Utility Stock’s Hydrogen Ambitions

2020 has been a booming year for hydrogen stocks. Shares of Bloom Energy (NYSE:BE), Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP), and FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ:FCEL) have all gained more than 110% this year, while Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) is up an incredible 648%. While that’s good news for investors, the cold reality is that over most of their history, hydrogen stocks have been terrible investments. Since this year’s surge is almost entirely due to investors willing to pay more for the companies — not to any meaningful improvement in their results this year — things could end badly if these companies don’t deliver on the promise of hydrogen as a zero-carbon fuel. 

One analyst thinks that hydrogen’s prospects might be turning a corner. On the Nov. 2 edition of “The Wrap” on Motley Fool Live, host Jason Hall pointed out that NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) has recently given the green light to

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AI plan points to Saudi Arabia’s global ambitions, future beyond oil

Saudi Arabia has laid out an ambitious plan to become a world leader in development and deployment of AI technology by the end of the decade, attracting billions of dollars in investments, fuelling startup growth, training tens of thousands of data and AI specialists, and working with some of the world’s leading IT vendors — including Chinese tech giants Huawei and Ali Baba — in related initiatives such as the building of smart cities.

National leaders view the plan as a central component of the country’s Vision 2030, established in 2016 to reduce reliance on oil revenue and diversify the economy, increase foreign investment in the country and develop public sector services and infrastructure.

The AI plan, officially dubbed National Strategy for Data & AI, was launched last week at the Global AI Summit, a virtual conference organised by the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA), which will implement the

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