Computers and Technology

Three questions about quantum computing and secure

“One must remember that there are presumably large archives of recorded encrypted signals that might be quite interesting to read if one could decrypt them,” said Peter Love. Credit: Shutterstock

A radically different type of computing technology under development, known as quantum computing, could in theory decode secure communications and jeopardize military communications, critical infrastructure, and financial transactions, the federal

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The Merge is here: Ethereum has switched to proof of stake

We won’t know right away whether the Merge—the moment when Ethereum’s main network joins with the layer that is using the new consensus mechanism—lives up to its transformative promise. Some of the scaling efficiencies that supporters are excited about won’t even arrive until after the Surge, Verge, Purge, and Splurge—other upgrades Ethereum CEO Vitalik Buterin has promised, which may continue

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MIT engineers devise a recipe for improving any autonomous

Autonomous robots have come a long way since the fastidious Roomba. In recent years, artificially intelligent systems have been deployed in self-driving cars, last-mile food delivery, restaurant service, patient screening, hospital cleaning, meal prep, building security, and warehouse packing.

Each of these robotic systems is a product of an ad hoc design process specific to that particular system. In designing

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Researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for

Hyper-realistic virtual worlds have been heralded as the best driving schools for autonomous vehicles (AVs), since they’ve proven fruitful test beds for safely trying out dangerous driving scenarios. Tesla, Waymo, and other self-driving companies all rely heavily on data to enable expensive and proprietary photorealistic simulators, since testing and gathering nuanced I-almost-crashed data usually isn’t the most easy or desirable

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