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Quantum Computer Maker Rigetti to Go Public Via $1.5 Billion SPAC Deal | Technology News

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Quantum computer maker Rigetti & Co Inc said on Wednesday it will go public through a merger with a blank-check firm in a deal that potentially values the combined company at $1.5 billion.

This is the second quantum computer hardware maker to announce going public this year using a blank-check, or special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Maryland-based IonQ listed on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. SPACs are shell companies that raise funds through an initial public offering to acquire a private company, which then becomes public as a result.

Rigetti said the merger with

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AI can now write its own computer code. That’s good news for humans

As soon as Tom Smith got his hands on Codex — a new artificial intelligence technology that writes its own computer programs — he gave it a job interview.

He asked if it could tackle the “coding challenges” that programmers often face when interviewing for big-money jobs at Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook. Could it write a program that replaces all the spaces in a sentence with dashes? Even better, could it write one that identifies invalid ZIP codes?

It did both instantly, before completing several other tasks. “These are problems that would be tough for a lot

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Boston-based software company acquires Madison’s Widen | Business News







Widen is located at 6911 Mangrove Lane in Monona.




A content management company with Wisconsin roots dating back to 1948 is soon to be acquired by a Boston-based software firm.

Follow along as State Journal cartoonist draws his first Badgers Game Day cartoon of the year

Acquia announced Wednesday its plans to buy Madison-based Widen for an undisclosed amount of money, Widen vice president of marketing Jake Athey said. He said the firm anticipates it will close on the sale within the month.

What that means for Widen’s 135 employees, 110 of those in the Dane County area

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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That’s Good News for Humans.

As soon as Tom Smith got his hands on Codex — a new artificial intelligence technology that writes its own computer programs — he gave it a job interview.

He asked if it could tackle the “coding challenges” that programmers often face when interviewing for big-money jobs at Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook. Could it write a program that replaces all the spaces in a sentence with dashes? Even better, could it write one that identifies invalid ZIP codes?

It did both instantly, before completing several other tasks. “These are problems that would be tough for a lot

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Until 2023? Parts Shortage Will Keep Auto Prices Sky-High | Ohio News

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Back in the spring, a shortage of computer chips that had sent auto prices soaring appeared, finally, to be easing. Some relief for consumers seemed to be in sight.

That hope has now dimmed. A surge in COVID-19 cases from the delta variant in several Asian countries that are the main producers of auto-grade chips is worsening the supply shortage. It is further delaying a return to normal auto production and keeping the supply of vehicles artificially low.

And that means, analysts say, that record-high consumer prices for vehicles —

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Former Yale Administrator Charged in Computer Thefts | Connecticut News

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former Yale University administrator faces federal fraud and money laundering charges related to the theft of millions of dollars in computer equipment from the university’s medical school.

The 41-year-old woman served in various positions at the school, including director of finance for the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Prosecutors allege that beginning in 2013, the woman ran a scheme that involved ordering millions of dollars in computer hardware from Yale vendors, then shipping the equipment to an out-of-state business in exchange for money.

The woman, who was authorized to make purchases below $10,000 for the

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Global Shortage of Computer Chips Hits US Manufacturing | Chicago News

A global shortage of computer chips is causing major headaches for American manufacturers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the disruption of supply chains and manufacturing the world over. Manufacturers of computer chips in Asia have been especially hard hit. And that means companies that make products that rely on such chips are feeling the pinch.

It’s been estimated that U.S. automakers alone will make 1 million fewer cars this year because they’re unable to source the computer chips they need. That in turn has driven up prices of new cars, but also driven a sharp rise in the price of

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Microsoft wobbles the Windows 11 hardware goalposts – Software – News

On Friday, Microsoft published an update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements. It also released a new version of the PC Health Check (upgrade advisory) app for Windows Insiders. The information in the article was quite straightforward: it was helping a few older Intel CPUs over the minimum bar; and the new Health Check app would be fully up-to-date with the latest minimum specs, informative, and helpful in its feedback.

Continuing with the official Microsoft Windows Insider information that was revealed by the blog, the following Intel processors would be added to the approved list of 64-bit processors:

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Searching for multiplicity, in computer science and daily life | MIT News

Right now, Rodrigo Ochigame is reading Russian science fiction, Yugoslav art history, Indian philosophy, and Afro-Caribbean political theory. They are listening to Belgian electroacoustic music, Mongolian experimental rock, and Ethiopian jazz. Occasionally, the PhD student in the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) even throws dice to select a new MBTA stop to explore. More often, they apply this practice on the MIT campus, randomly attending departmental seminars on topics ranging from astrophysics to macroeconomics to neurobiology.

Ochigame’s freewheeling curiosity actually stems from a deep conviction about disrupting cultural assumptions — especially their own. “That’s something

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World’s largest computer chip – Illinois News Today

Deep learning, an artificial intelligence technology that enhances voice assistants, self-driving cars, and Go champions, relies on complex “neural network” software placed in layers. Deep learning systems can run on a single computer, but the largest systems are spread across thousands of machines wired into “clusters” and reside in large data centers such as those operated by Google. Sometimes. In a large cluster, as many as 48 pizza box-sized servers slide into a rack that is as high as a person. These racks stand in rows, filling a warehouse-sized building. Neural networks in such systems can tackle difficult problems, but

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