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    Google Creates the Most Powerful Computer in the World

    Google Creates World’s Most Powerful Computer – The Financial Times reported a few moments ago that they reviewed a paper by researchers from Google that showed the company had already built a computer that had achieved quantum supremacy. The paper was briefly posted on NASA’s website but has since been removed because it had not undergone a peer review process to verify its findings.

    Specifically, the report states Google already claims “their processors are capable of performing calculations in three minutes and 20 seconds that would take today’s most advanced classical computer, known as Summit, about 10,000 years.” Of course, at this point, it’s only capable of doing that one specific calculation, meaning we’re still a few years away from quantum computing taking over the world.

    Google Creates the Most Powerful Computer in the World

    And technically, Google isn’t the first quantum computer. There are others, most of them experimental, but they have only demonstrated the ability to perform the same calculations as traditional computers at much faster speeds. This is different. This one performs calculations that ordinary supercomputers cannot do.

    The good and the bad.

    Of course, there are some amazing things made possible by quantum computing. For example, complex modeling could lead to medical breakthroughs including new treatments for currently incurable diseases. This also has implications for artificial intelligence and machine learning which are able to contribute to analyzing very large data sets that would take too much time with normal computers.

    Which leads to another real-world consequence that should worry us: Much of how we keep the things we value safe is based on the simple concept that it doesn’t have to be perfect if it’s difficult. A bank vault doesn’t have to be impregnable to be effective, it just has to be tough enough to make it worth the effort, or slow down the robbers long enough for the police to show up. Sure, some people will try to crack it, but the effort involved is usually too much to get results.

    Encryption is unbeatable.

    Encryption, for example, is insecure because it is impossible to break. In theory, all encryption can be cracked given enough time. The reason encryption is considered secure is that traditional computers take too long to crack it. Given enough time, any encryption scheme imaginable can be broken, only “enough time” might involve, like, a thousand years. Most of us don’t worry about what someone might do with our data in a thousand years.

    But what if they had a computer that would allow them to crack the encryption in a matter of minutes? That is a completely different situation.

    That’s why cryptocurrency experts feel a little nervous about what happens when computers potentially break the chain of encrypted transactions that keep the blockchain secure. The current algorithm is likely safe from the 53-qubit processor demonstrated by Google.

    Cryptographers are also working to create quantum-resistant technology that goes beyond the nearly impenetrable SHA-256 crytopgraphic hash, but no one will tell you they’ve discovered it. And with Google’s latest achievement, the timeline for finding a much more secure form of encryption is getting shorter.

    Why it matters to you.

    Encryption is a binary thing. Once a locked system can be hacked, it doesn’t matter if you need a supercomputer to do it, it’s broken. It’s safe, or it’s not. After that, if your information remains safe, it’s just luck. It’s not hard to imagine a future where governments decide to require quantum computers to break encryption on smartphones or hard drives, providing easy access without the need for “backdoors.”

    Sure, your run-of-the-mill bad guy won’t have access to a quantum computer, but some of the biggest risks we face come not from run-of-the-mill bad guys, but from the companies that store our most private information.

    Is there such a thing as too smart?

    Which brings me back specifically to Google, which already knows more about you and what you do digitally than perhaps any other organization or individual. The company has a lot of information about you that it uses to market you to advertisers. Just because quantum computers are limited to a very narrow focus at the moment, what’s to say they won’t be used to analyze and map the data of every American?

    Google is a pretty smart company and has managed to organize the world’s information and make it easily accessible to almost everyone. It has also created a very profitable business collecting your personal information and pitching you to advertisers based on their ability to analyze and monetize that data. Now, imagine that power going into quantum overdrive.…

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    Best Non-Chinese Computer and Laptop Brands

    Best Non-Chinese Computer and Laptop Brands – Due to increasing tensions between India and China at the border, Indian citizens have decided to boycott Chinese products in the market. Moreover, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people want to support the economies of other countries besides China. The following is a list of non-Chinese companies that make laptops.

    While the integration of global supply chains and the pre-Covid nature of sourcing in the electronics industry was such that it was difficult to state with certainty that every component was made in India, in the case of the list below, there is considerable value-add within India’s borders and the benefits that accrue arising from the sale of products in question not owned by the Chinese entity.

    Looking for a non-Chinese brand to buy your laptop from? The following is a list of non-Chinese laptop companies originating from India, USA, Japan, Taiwan.

    1. Dell (US)

    Dell is an American brand that is highly respected in computer technology. This company itself was founded by Michael Dell in 1984 and the company’s headquarters are in Texas, USA. This company is one of the largest technology companies in the world, employing more than 165,000 people in the US and other countries globally. Dell produces a variety of laptops to choose from. The model range depends on the technology and features of the laptop.

    2. Hewlett-Packard (USA)

    Hewlett-Packard or HP is another popular brand for laptops based in the US. The company was founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and David Packard. The company’s headquarters are in California, USA, and the company has more than 66,000 employees. HP offers a wide range of laptops to choose from. HP has a good reputation among its users.

    3. Vaio (Japan)

    Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer or Vaio is a Japanese company that was sold by Sony starting in 1996. This company’s head office is in Nagano, Japan. Vaio enjoys a good reputation among its users.

    4. Apple (US)

    Best Non-Chinese Computer and Laptop Brands

    The MacBook line of laptops is designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple. Apple is a very well-known brand among its users. This company was founded by Steve Jobs and is headquartered in California, USA. Apple is one of the few brands that designs, manufactures and assembles its laptops in the US. Therefore, the company’s laptops are priced high.

    5. iball (India)

    iBall is India’s leading local technology accessory brand founded in 2001. iBall has more than 100 million users and is trusted by many. The company has a wide range of laptops to choose from and the brand has priced its products fairly.

    6. Samsung (South Korea)

    The South Korean company Samsung is not only known for mobile phones, although they have produced many great phones. They also produce household appliances and laptops. And regardless of their product range, people are always confident in their quality and workmanship. And they are doing very well in the laptop category. Take the Samsung Notebook 9 for example.

    It sports an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD storage. The battery can power the device for a full 10 hours after a full charge. The backlit keyboard is comfortable to use, the Precision touchpad is smooth, and the 1080p screen is beautiful even when just turned off. They always weigh less than 2 pounds.

    7. Toshiba (Japan): Tecra A50

    Hailing from Japan, Toshiba consistently produces computers and other devices with good quality and build, backed by years of research and rigorous product testing. The company itself was founded in 1939 under the name Tokyo Shibaura Denki KK, and then adopted its current name in 1978. They have produced everything from light bulbs to air conditioners. However, their laptop segment clearly cannot be ignored.

    The Tecra A50, for example, is already an impressive device by its name alone. However, beneath its thin steel and metal shell is a 7th generation i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM. The 15.6-inch HD display has a solid 1366×768 pixel resolution that produces vibrant colors and vivid brightness. And while storage space is limited to 256 GB, you can install a secondary HDD in it manually.…