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What Moore's Law Means Today
The Enterprisers Project, August 31st, 2020
Remember when we all got excited about more megahertz? That's not the future of microprocessing: But Moore's Law is alive and well - in its own way

"Other than sometimes pedants like myself," notes Gordon Haff in The Enterprisers Project, "most people don't use Moore's Law in its literal sense. That sense being Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's 1965 observation that each year saw a doubling of transistors in an integrated circuit. This doubling in turn meant that transistors kept getting proportionately cheaper and smaller.

But it's the performance increases - the speed gains that come from denser integrated circuits - that most people focus on when it comes to Moore's Law. The process shrinks enabling those density increases are only part of the overall performance ramp-up story of microprocessors and other integrated circuits, yet they've mostly overshadowed other engineering advances..."

Xanadu is making photonic quantum computing more accessible to developers and businesses

Anthony Spadafora writes in, "As quantum computing will allow industries to tackle problems they never would have attempted to solve before, it's clear why demand for access to quantum computers is growing among businesses.

To help organizations leverage the power of quantum computing, Xanadu has announced the release of the world's first publicly available photonic quantum cloud platform which will allow developers to access its gate-based photonic quantum processors in 8, 12 and soon 24 qubit machines..."

Microsoft has developed a deepfakes detection tool to help news publishers and political campaigns, as well as technology to help content creators 'mark' their images and videos in a way that will show if the content has been manipulated post-creation

Zeljka Zorz writes in HelpNet Security, "Deepfakes - photos and videos in which a person is replaced with someone else's likeness through the power of artificial intelligence (AI) - are already having an impact individuals' lives, politics and society in general. Wielded by those who have an interest in spreading easily-believable disinformation, the technology is expected to wreak even more havoc in the long run.

The existence of deepfake technology became more widely known in 2017 when a Reddit user showed that it's easy to create relatively realistic porn videos of celebrities. The technology has been perfected since then and will surely continue to evolve and go on to produce ever more difficult-to-spot deepfakes..."

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