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.