During Facebook Connect - the replacement for the AR/VR event previously known as Oculus Connect - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today that the company is planning to release its first pair of augmented reality glasses in 2021
"While the company's Oculus unit has become a leading provider of VR headsets, Facebook has touted AR as the next major frontier for computing, and this release date could spread the next-generation technology to the masses earlier than expected.
Zuckerberg confirmed that it has been working with fashion eyewear company EssilorLuxottica to create the 'smart glasses' product and suggested that it will be cosmetically appealing, arriving under the Ray-Ban brand name. The companies haven't yet revealed imagery of the glasses, but it's important to note that there are at least two stages to Facebook's plans - an initial wearable with basic functionality, then a future fully functional AR device with more features. Facebook confirmed its multiple prototype strategy last year..."
The most important news in the short term is that the company believes it is on its way to building a quantum processor with more than 1,000 qubits - and somewhere between 10 and 50 logical qubits - by the end of 2023
"Currently, the company's quantum processors top out at 65 qubits. It plans to launch a 127-qubit processor next year and a 433-qubit machine in 2022. To get to this point, IBM is also building a completely new dilution refrigerator to house these larger chips, as well as the technology to connect multiple of these units to build a system akin to today's multi-core architectures in classical chips..."
Qualcomm Inc. today shared technical details about the Cloud AI 100, an artificial intelligence chip with which it hopes to seize upon the growing enterprise demand for machine learning hardware
"Qualcomm's entry into the AI chip segment could put more pressure on market leader Nvidia Corp. in a time when it also faces rising competition elsewhere. Notably, Intel Corp. is currently preparing to launch a series of data center graphics cards.
Qualcomm announced the Cloud AI 100 early last year but didn't provide information about its capabilities. What has changed since, the company says, is that an initial set of units has been successfully manufactured and sent out to early users. The chipmaker expects to start volume shipments in 2021..."
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