Category: Technology

AMD – Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Negotiating to Buy Xilinx Inc

“Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is in advanced talks to buy rival chip maker Xilinx Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that could be valued at more than $30 billion and mark the latest big tie-up in the rapidly consolidating semiconductor industry. AMD and XLNX’s marriage will likely benefit both companies and allow them to compete better against rivals like Intel (INTC).” 

Artificial Superintelligence

A Recursive Self-Improvement Model

If research into strong AI produced sufficiently intelligent software, it would be able to reprogram and improve itself – a feature called “recursive self-improvement( RSI )”. It would then be even better at improving itself, and could continue doing so in a rapidly increasing cycle, leading to a superintelligence.

This scenario is known as an intelligence explosion. Such an intelligence would not have the limitations of human intellect, and may be able to invent or discover almost anything. Thus, the simplest example of a superintelligence may be an emulated human mind that’s run on much faster hardware than the brain.

Recursion can be seen as an elegant ‘architectural factorization’ – building complexity by combining the results of smaller, similar patterns previously encountered. Computationally, recursion can always be converted into iteration so this form of elegance is mainly of use in helping to make designs more comprehensible.

Elon Musk and a former US labor secretary

Too Rich ? Never

  • Elon Musk and Robert Reich, a former US labor secretary, got into it on Twitter.
  • Reich accused the billionaire of being a “modern day robber baron” for cutting worker pay during the pandemic while his own wealth surged.
  • Musk countered that all Tesla workers had stock too, calling Reich a “modern day moron.”
  • It’s not the first time Musk has been sensitive to attacks on his wealth, which sits around $90 billion.

Gates & QuantumScape & Volkswagen

QuantumScape, the 10-year-old Silicon Valley battery startup backed by Volkswagen AG, said on Thursday it plans to go public through a reverse merger with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp with an enterprise value of $3.3 billion.

San Jose-based QuantumScape, a 2010 spinout from Stanford University, said it will form a joint venture with VW to produce solid-state battery cells, starting in 2024, for VW’s electric vehicles, and eventually for other carmakers.

VW has committed more than $300 million to QuantumScape. Other corporate investors include Shanghai Auto, which is partnered with VW in China, and German auto supplier Continental AG. Venture backers include Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. The Qatar Investment Authority also participated in the latest funding round.

STMicroelectronics NV

Neural Networks on STM32

What we do and where you (probably won’t) see us

STMicroelectronics creates the sparks that animate the products we use at any given moment. Our technology is found everywhere microelectronics makes a positive contribution to people’s lives. Chips from ST embedding the most advanced innovations are an essential part of products as diverse as cars and key fobs, giant factory machines and data center power supplies, washing machines and hard disks, and smartphones and toothbrushes. We help our customers make these devices more intelligent, more energy efficient, more connected, safer and more secure.

Wi-Fi 6 ~ Broadcom

Broadcom and 6-GHz Wi-Fi will allow multiple 160 MHz channels to enable the next wave of multi-gigabit applications at home and office

Legacy Wi-Fi devices have utilized the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz Wi-Fi bands for decades. Now with the latest addition of Wi-Fi 6, which supports 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz and future 6-GHz bands, there are essentially six generations of Wi-Fi devices sharing the crowded 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands in which end-user applications are constantly competing for airtime.

These bands will soon become overloaded due to the growth of wireless connectivity and data. The solution to this challenge comes in the form of spectrum globally available in the 6-GHz band for Wi-Fi.

6-GHz Wi-Fi will allow multiple 160 MHz channels to enable the next wave of multi-gigabit applications at home and office, thereby realizing the full potential of Wi-Fi 6. In addition, the 6-GHz band offers a wide bandwidth with little radio signal interference from other sources, such as microwave ovens, wireless headsets and cordless phones.