Day: June 19, 2020

Census tech: How to count every person

Ditas Katague, director of California Complete Count, explains why the US census matters and how tech can help every voice be counted.

Dan Patterson, senior producer for CNET and CBS News, spoke with Ditas Katague, director of the California Complete Count Committee, an advisory panel of community leaders who work to recommend strategies to increase the census count in their communities. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Ditas Katague: Both technology and data, we’ve really used them to really target our efforts. If you think about, in a state of 40.3 million people, how do you really figure out who you’re going to spend your energy on and our resources to reach? Because the US Census Bureau is going to focus on reaching everybody. We use data and data visualization tools. You’re familiar with GIS (geographic information systems) and the company Esri, we’ve partnered with them to

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Honeywell claims to surpass IBM with the world’s fastest quantum computer

The new device boasts a quantum volume of 64, double that of the industry alternative, the company says.

Inside Honeywell quantum computer chamber.

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Honeywell declared on Thursday that it has the world’s highest-performing quantum computer. Touting a quantum volume of 64—the metric used to convey the effectiveness of a quantum computer—the device is twice as powerful as IBM’s supercomputer, which was the former industry leader. 

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The industrial giant pledged in March to have the most powerful quantum computer by the middle of 2020, fulfilling that promise only three months later. 

The company also said in March that it would improve the performance of its quantum computers by a factor of 10 every year for the next five years, which means the computer could be 100,000 faster in 2025

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Salesforce Research develops COVID-19 search engine

The AI-powered tool, COVID-19 Search, is designed to give scientists and researchers the most relevant research in one place.

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From February to May 2020, the number of scientific papers published on COVID-19 skyrocketed from 29,000 to more than 138,000, according to Salesforce. As people around the world step up to help, the number will continue to grow exponentially, with projections to swell to more than one million by the end of 2020.

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The company believes scientists and researchers on the frontline of the pandemic should not have to spend their time digging through thousands of pages of COVID-19 research. So on Wednesday, Salesforce Research introduced COVID-19 Search, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered search engine to equip scientists and researchers with the most relevant COVID-19 research. It is designed to help users sort through the clutter to make

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Why your organization needs a BYOD policy

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As a system administrator, I used to be responsible for provisioning and administering company blackberries for users. This covered everything from setup, training, support, and the unpleasantries of importing employee-owned phone numbers and contacts onto devices, troubleshooting mobile signal issues, and dealing with lost phones. 

The process was especially problematic when employees left the organization–more so if the separation was involuntary on their part–because everything had to be reversed, and usually via urgent priority, so that the employee could get their number back, have their data exported and so forth. Hours upon hours were spent working on this instead of doing more meaningful work.

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The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement changed all that. With BYOD, the expense of providing employees company-owned devices and then supporting them was replaced with employee allowances to use their own phones, tablets,

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