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Intel builds world’s largest Neuromorphic system

Intel builds world’s largest Neuromorphic system

Neuromorphic computing represents a groundbreaking approach in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, drawing inspiration from the human brain’s structure and function. This innovative field utilizes systems like spiking neural networks (SNNs) to mimic the brain’s neural architecture, aiming to deliver significant improvements in speed and energy efficiency compared to traditional computing systems. By emulating the way neurons communicate and process information, neuromorphic systems have the potential to revolutionize AI applications, enabling more efficient and adaptive learning processes. This technology opens up new possibilities for tackling complex, real-time AI tasks in a more sustainable and biologically-inspired manner. Intel’s latest development, the Hala Point neuromorphic system, showcases the immense potential of this technology to handle intricate, real-time AI tasks with unprecedented efficiency. Hala Point represents a significant milestone in neuromorphic computing, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in terms of performance, scalability, and energy efficiency. This breakthrough system demonstrates Intel’s commitment to advancing AI technology and exploring innovative approaches to computing. Intel’s Hala Point: A Leap in Neuromorphic Technology Intel’s Hala Point, equipped with the advanced Loihi …

India kicks off the world’s largest elections this week. Here’s what you need to know

India kicks off the world’s largest elections this week. Here’s what you need to know

Indians head to the polls on Friday in what will be the world’s largest democratic election, as close to one billion voters pick their next government and decide whether to hand Prime Minister Narendra Modi a third term in office. The 2024 general elections will pan out in seven phases over the next six weeks, starting April 19. Voters will decide who fills the seats of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s parliament, for the next five years. The Lok Sabha is the more powerful of the two houses of Parliament. Whichever party or coalition wins the majority will lead the government and pick the next prime minister. Analysts widely expect Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to score another landslide victory in the upcoming elections. Here’s why India’s elections matter. India’s meteoric rise Under Modi’s rule, India’s economy has scaled to new heights. It is now the world’s fifth-largest economy with a GDP of $3.7 trillion and has set its sights on becoming the world’s third-largest economy by 2027. Home to 1.4 billion people, the world’s most populous country …

Hala Point: Intel reveals world’s biggest ‘brain-inspired’ neuromorphic computer

Hala Point: Intel reveals world’s biggest ‘brain-inspired’ neuromorphic computer

The Hala Point neuromorphic computer is powered by Intel’s Loihi 2 chips Intel Corporation Intel has created the world’s largest neuromorphic computer, a device intended to mimic the operation of the human brain. The firm hopes that it will be able to run more sophisticated AI models than is possible on conventional computers, but experts say there are engineering hurdles to overcome before the device can compete with the state of the art, let alone exceed it. Expectations for neuromorphic computers are high because they are inherently different to traditional machines. While a regular computer uses its processor to carry out operations and stores data in separate memory, a neuromorphic device uses artificial neurons to both store and compute, just as our brains do. This removes the need to shuttle data back and forth between components, which can be a bottleneck for current computers. This architecture could bring far greater energy efficiency, with Intel claiming its new Hala Point neuromorphic computer uses 100 times less energy than conventional machines when running optimisation problems, which involve …

Is this the world’s most lavish hen party? Radhika Merchant just hosted a ‘Princess Diaries’ themed bridal shower

Is this the world’s most lavish hen party? Radhika Merchant just hosted a ‘Princess Diaries’ themed bridal shower

This week, the spotlight shone on Radhika Merchant, fiancée to Anant Ambani and soon-to-be daughter-in-law of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, as she shared glimpses of her luxurious hen party.  The festivities were themed around the beloved movie The Princess Diaries, with guests donning matching pyjamas and engaging in playful ‘mattress surfing’ down staircases, reminiscent of the sequel’s iconic scene. The magical evening was hosted by Bollywood star Janhvi Kapoor, adding an extra layer of A-list opulence. As the official wedding on July 12 draws near, Radhika’s close friends and family gathered for the intimate and joyful celebration; which follows their opulent pre-wedding bash attended by notable names such as Karlie Kloss, Mark Zuckerberg, and Rihanna. © @janhvikapoor/InstagramInside Radhika Merchant’s ‘Princess Diaries’ themed bridal shower Janhvi Kapoor took to Instagram to offer a peek into the night, sharing Polaroid snaps captioned, “Princess Diaries Royal Slumber Party, for the most special bride,” with Radhika commenting, “Feeling blessed. Love you guys!”  MORE: The best designer wedding shoes for 2024 brides – shop now RELATED: 10 dresses that are perfect for …

A new theory for how oceans form on other worlds

A new theory for how oceans form on other worlds

The most dramatic scientific progress occurs when a new window into the Universe gets thrown open. When I was a graduate student, for example, I was taught that Earth was born hot and dry. Any water present at our planet’s formation got boiled away. So, because the only window we had on planetary evolution was our own Solar System, most astronomers were sure that the water making up our oceans must have been delivered later in Earth’s history through impacts with H2O-rich comets.  But then we discovered exoplanets orbiting distant stars. A new window into the Universe was opened as, suddenly, there were lots of new planets to consider. Most importantly, astronomers were finding entirely new classes of planets that do not exist in our Solar System. Now, through the study of those truly alien worlds, a new story of planets and their reservoirs of water may be emerging. For the past few years, I have been part of a large-scale National Science Foundation effort to study high-pressure conditions inside planets. The Center for Matter …

China Is By Far The World’s Largest ‘Hydro-Power’

China Is By Far The World’s Largest ‘Hydro-Power’

China is the world’s biggest hydro power producer, having generated an estimated 1,303 terawatt hours of hydropower in 2022, according to data published by Ember, a UK-based energy think tank. As Statista’s Anna Fleck shows in the chart below, this equates to approximately 31 percent of global hydropower that year. Following some way behind comes Brazil (427 TWh), Canada (398 TWh), the United States (249 TWh) and Russia (198 TWh). When looking at hydropower’s share of total electricity production for each of these countries, then Norway comes first with a high 87.5 percent of its electricity energy mix having been accounted for by hydropower in 2022. Only Paraguay comes higher in terms of share of total electricity production, at 99.7 percent. If this chart were extended, it would feature in rank 15. You will find more infographics at Statista As this chart shows, India was the sixth biggest hydropower worldwide in 2022 with approximately 175 TWh of hydropower generated that year, which accounted for 9.4 percent of the country’s electricity production. According to Ember, fossil fuels accounted for more …

Britain’s Conservatives just agreed the world’s toughest smoking ban. Tory MPs hate it – POLITICO

Britain’s Conservatives just agreed the world’s toughest smoking ban. Tory MPs hate it – POLITICO

Blue fury In the event, 59 Tory MPs voted against the measure at its second reading Tuesday night. Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch — seen as a key contender to become the next leader should the Tories lose the election — was among those in Sunak’s own ministerial ranks voting against the bill, citing what she called “significant concerns.” At least six members of the government payroll voted against Sunak, and Badenoch’s fellow Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt — another post-Sunak leadership favorite — abstained. There were more than 100 Tory abstentions. Ahead of the crunch, and recognizing the likely opposition from his party, which contains a sizable libertarian caucus, Sunak had offered a free, un-whipped vote. That meant his parliamentary troops could rebel without punishment on a matter of conscience. The opposition Labour Party, riding high in the polls in an election year, painted the move as a sign of weakness on Sunak’s part. Labour MPs were ordered to vote in favor of the legislation. Sunak is genuinely set to make history — just don’t expect …

Population Projections: These Will Be The World’s 6 Largest Countries In 2075

Population Projections: These Will Be The World’s 6 Largest Countries In 2075

The end of the 21st century will see the first plateauing (and eventually shrinking) of world population since the Industrial Revolution. As birth rates fall across the globe, what does this mean for the world’s most populous countries? To find out, Visual Capitalist’s Marcus Lu visualized forecasts for the world’s six largest countries using data from the latest revised version of the UN World Population Prospects 2022. Projections are based on a “medium fertility scenario”, which assumes countries will converge at a birth rate of 1.85 children per woman, by 2045-2050. China’s Projected Population Decline China’s population boom has officially come to an end, with the country reporting two consecutive years of decreases (down 850,000 in 2022, and 2.1 million in 2023). Note: Figures are rounded. The country’s population in 2050 is forecasted to be 1.32 billion, which is roughly the same as it was in 2007. The UN believes this demographic downtrend will accelerate as we enter the second half of the century. What does this mean for the Chinese economy? Many worry that a smaller workforce, coupled with an aging population, will increase healthcare expenditures and …

What Makes Lithuania One Of The World’s Happiest Countries

What Makes Lithuania One Of The World’s Happiest Countries

Each year, the World Happiness Report releases an annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world. For the seventh year in a row, Finland earned the top spot overall. But for people under 30, the top ranking went to Lithuania. “I think that it can be surprising,” said Junona Almonaitienė, an associate professor in the health psychology department at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. “When you look from the United States, … it’s somewhere near Russia,” an area that is often linked to danger, she said. “Lithuania regained its independence not so long ago — it was in 1990,” said Antanas Kairys, an associate professor in the department of general psychology at Vilnius University. “That means that young people under 30 have spent their life entirely in independent Lithuania while other age groups … experienced the harsh reality of [the] Soviet Union.” Since then, Lithuania’s economy has improved along with its national relations — the country joined NATO and became a European Union member in 2004. “Lithuania had a really strong transformation of its …

Despite the Watch World’s Secrecy, Data Services Expand

Despite the Watch World’s Secrecy, Data Services Expand

Unlike the consumer goods, beverage or retail sectors, the note continued, there are no large consultancies publishing market share data on the Swiss watch sector. “This is due to the impracticality of conducting such surveys and the discreet nature of the Swiss watch industry,” it said. Perhaps no brand is more discreet, nor influential, than Rolex, which continues to dominate the market. According to Morgan Stanley’s seventh annual report, released in February, Rolex’s share is said to have grown — to 30.3 percent — on the strength of its 2023 sales, estimated to have topped 10 billion Swiss francs. Yet, because the company is said to forbid its authorized dealers from sharing point-of-sale data with third parties, Luxury Watch Barometer’s monthly reports don’t include the brand. The Pre-Owned Sector On the secondary market, where Rolex is equally dominant, EveryWatch, a new data-driven company, is helping shed light on what pre-owned watches are worth and where to buy them. “EveryWatch was born from a need,” Giovanni Prigigallo, the business’s co-founder, said by phone from Cagliari, on …