D-Wave Systems, a company specializing in quantum computers, has announced the general availability of a new model, the D-Wave 2X™. It’s equipped with a new type of processor of which information started getting released some months ago that passes the barrier of 1,000 qubits. This new system is credited of performances unthinkable for classical computers but certainly there will be controversy like the ones that over the years accompanied the D-Wave systems.
IBM has announced its plans to buy Merge Healthcare, the producer of a medical image management platform. The transaction, which costs a billion dollars that will be paid in cash, aims to provide IBM Watson’s system of cognitive computing the ability to manage medical images as part of the Watson Health project. This ability to “see” can potentially allow the Watson system to make a big leap forward.
The story of the destruction of the hitchhiking robot hitchBOT (photo ©Archie) in Philadelphia spread quickly on the Internet. The story was peculiar because the protagonist was a robot but it seemed that its misfortune was the result of a vulgar act of vandalism, especially after a video of its destruction popped up on the Internet. Instead, the analysis of the video proves that it’s a fake so now the story turned into a mistery with two suspects.
IBM and the healthcare provider CVS Health have announced a collaboration within the Watson Health project, the version of IBM cognitive computing system specializing in the medical field. In this case, it will be used to improve health care services for patients suffering from chronic diseases.
Google continues its initiatives to fight the problem of patent trolling, which is the use of patents for the sole purpose of restricting competition and to obtain money through lawsuits or through agreements following threats of such actions. Recently the company announced the Google Patent Starter Program, an offer to grant some of its patents to some startups that meet certain requirements. One of the conditions is to join for at least two years to the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, an initiative for the exchange of patents created in 2005.