LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 292 – IBM Q System One

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1. Giles, Martin. “IBM has just unveiled this cool-looking quantum computer – but will hide it in the cloud,”
MIT Technology Review (January 8, 2019)

At Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas, IBM unveiled the Q System One, which it claims is the world’s first integrated universal quantum computing system for commercial applications. Companies won’t be able to buy the machines though, as they are only accessible via IBM’s computing cloud.

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2. Fitzpatrick, Alex. “IBM wants to use your data to create hyper – accurate weather forecasts,”
Time (January 8, 2019)

IBM on Tuesday unveiled a global weather modeling system that will combine data from smartphones and aircraft to produce what it says will be hyper-accurate local forecasts.
The system called the IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System, or GRAF will create a one-day forecast updating every hour at a resolution of 3 kilometers, or about 1.9 miles.

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The four: the hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google / Scott Galloway

Business professor Scott Galloway asks fundamental questions about Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. How did those four infiltrate our lives so completely that they’re almost impossible to avoid? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company, can anyone challenge them?



The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures of Time (Exhibition Period: until April 4, 2019)

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures of Time exhibition merges science, history, and art. Visitors will have an opportunity to appreciate a number of exquisite timepieces, learn more about time and the mechanisms of mechanical clocks from a scientific perspective, and gain a better understanding of the significance of cultural exchange and its historical meaning as well as technological achievements. The exhibition displays 120 magnificent clocks and watches from the collection of The Palace Museum in Beijing.

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