Ars Technica: Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws

Ars Technica: Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws. “Last month, Google claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy—the overblown name given to the step of proving quantum computers can deliver something that a classical computer can’t. That claim is still a bit controversial, so it may yet turn out that we need a better demonstration.”

Arizona State University: Social media text mining can predict a company’s ‘brand personality’

Arizona State University: Social media text mining can predict a company’s ‘brand personality’. “‘Brand personality scales’ have been around for many years, using consumers’ feedback to attribute human characteristics to companies. These scales, which find that Cracker Barrel is ‘wholesome’ and Sephora is ‘contemporary,’ have proven to be reliable marketing tools. Now, a team including an Arizona State University professor and IBM researchers have harnessed machine learning to accurately predict brand personality ratings by analyzing hundreds of thousands of social media posts.”

Wired: IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop

Wired: IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop . “Monday, Big Blue’s quantum PhDs said Google’s claim of quantum supremacy was flawed. IBM said Google had essentially rigged the race by not tapping the full power of modern supercomputers. ‘This threshold has not been met,’ IBM’s blog post says. Google declined to comment.”

TechCrunch: AI is helping scholars restore ancient Greek texts on stone tablets

TechCrunch: AI is helping scholars restore ancient Greek texts on stone tablets. “Machine learning and AI may be deployed on such grand tasks as finding exoplanets and creating photorealistic people, but the same techniques also have some surprising applications in academia: DeepMind has created an AI system that helps scholars understand and recreate fragmentary ancient Greek texts on broken stone tablets.”

TechCrunch: Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ research ship will use IBM AI tech to cross the Atlantic in 2020

TechCrunch: Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ research ship will use IBM AI tech to cross the Atlantic in 2020. “A fully autonomous ship called the ‘Mayflower’ will make its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean next September, to mark the 400-year anniversary of the trip of the first Mayflower, which was very much not autonomous. It’s a stark way to drive home just how much technology has advanced in the last four centuries, but also a key demonstration of autonomous seafaring technology, put together by marine research and exploration organization Promare and powered by IBM technology.”

Search Engine Land: Google beats out Microsoft, Amazon, IBM in image recognition study

Search Engine Land: Google beats out Microsoft, Amazon, IBM in image recognition study. “The folks over at Perficient Digital released an image recognition study looking at the accuracy of the respective technologies. The study found that Google Vision beat out the competitors including Amazon AWS Rekognition, IBM Watson and Microsoft Azure Computer Vision.”