The productivity paradox – MIT Technology Review

All great general purpose technology changes produce huge booms and huge busts.

In this view, AI is what economic historians consider a “general-purpose technology.” These are inventions like the steam engine, electricity, and the ­internal-combustion engine. Eventually they transformed how we lived and worked. But businesses had to be reinvented, and other complementary technologies had to be created to exploit the breakthroughs. That took decades.

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— Read on www.technologyreview.com/s/611482/the-productivity-paradox/

New Evidence Shows Our Darkest Fears Can Be Rewired | Inverse

Extrapolate this science 50 Years and the world looks very different. The evils of the future may be very different than today.

Deep-seated fear memories can potentially be rewired, researchers say. A ‘Science’ paper published Thursday shows new evidence suggesting fearful memories that dwell deep in the brain’s neural circuitry don’t have to be a burden forever. It’s possible, the paper suggests, that they can be rewired.
— Read on www.inverse.com/article/45998-rewiring-fear-memories

Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum | University of Michigan News

More to come…

By treating these states as ordinary 1 and 0, it could be possible to create a new kind of “lightwave” computer with the million-times-faster clock speeds that Kira mentioned. The first challenge along this route will be to use a train of laser pulses to “flip” the pseudospins at will.
— Read on news.umich.edu/light-could-make-semiconductor-computers-a-million-times-faster-or-even-go-quantum/

EE Times – AI Revives In-Memory Processors

This silicon acceleration is fuel to the AI race. It is happening at all levels.. physics is giving quantum paths and optics, material science is giving us substrates, CompSci is giving us structural reorganization of logic, even biology is opening logic worlds to us… it’s gonna be a crazy ride.

The rise of machine learning is giving renewed life to compute-in-memory processors now in the works at startups, IBM, and universities.
— Read on www.eetimes.com/document.asp