The most inescapable thing about driving a Rolls-Royce Ghost is never being able to forget how much it costs. So let's get that out of the way: with a sticker price of $460,350, it's a car that costs more than a house in many parts of the country. This knowledge never escapes you, a constant reminder that you're visiting a world where just the cost of the options fitted to the car seen here would buy a pretty good pre-owned Mercedes S-Class. You remember it when you park or whenever another car gets a little too close in traffic, given the pricey consequences of a scratch or scrape. But the price tag also looms when you feel the weight of the metal switchgear or your feet sink into the deep shag of the lambswool carpets. You quickly realize the amount of time and materials that went into putting everything together. The award for most improved goes to… Further Reading The poshest SUV of them all: Rolls-Royce Cullinan first drive Despite the above, it was hard not … [Read more...] about The Rolls-Royce Ghost: A magic carpet ride that costs as much as a house
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Twenty-seven years before Steve Jobs unveiled a computer you could put in your pocket, physicist Paul Benioff published a paper showing it was theoretically possible to build a much more powerful system you could hide in a thimble — a quantum computer. Named for the subatomic physics it aimed to harness, the concept Benioff described in 1980 still fuels research today, including efforts to build the next big thing in computing: a system that could make a PC look in some ways quaint as an abacus. Richard Feynman — a Nobel Prize winner whose wit-laced lectures brought physics to a broad audience — helped establish the field, sketching out how such systems could simulate quirky quantum phenomena more efficiently than traditional computers. So, What Is Quantum Computing? Quantum computing uses the physics that governs subatomic particles to perform sophisticated parallel calculations, replacing more simplistic transistors in today’s computers. Quantum computers calculate … [Read more...] about What Is Quantum Computing?
If you want to know what the next big thing will be, ask someone at a company that invents it time and again. “AI is a key tool for the next era, so we are providing the computing resources our developers need to generate great AI results,” said Yuichi Kageyama, general manager of Tokyo Laboratory 16, in R&D Center for Sony Group Corporation. Called GAIA internally, the lab’s computing resources act as a digital engine serving all Sony Group companies. And it’s about to get a second fuel injection of accelerated computing for AI efforts across the corporation. Sony’s engineers are packing machine-learning smarts into products from its Xperia smartphones, its entertainment robot, aibo, and a portfolio of imaging components for everything from professional and consumer cameras to factory automation and satellites. It’s even using AI to build the next generation of advanced imaging chips. More Zip, Fewer Tolls To move efficiently into the AI era, Sony is installing a … [Read more...] about An Engine of Innovation: Sony Levels Up for the AI Era
Don't romanticize the pre-pandemic office because it sucked Watch Now The new normal for work is entering a trial-and-error period that may be productivity's greatest A/B test as enterprises muddle through finding that hybrid utopia. While these plans for returning to the office are fluid, the biggest risk to companies is clear. That risk? Romanticizing the pre-pandemic view of work. Simply put, the old normal just wasn't that great. In fact, the old work format kind of sucked. ZDNet Recommends Home Office Tours ZDNet contributors welcome you inside their home-based workspaces and show off the tech gear that drives their productivity. Read More Future of work: Tools and strategies to get it right | Research: Majority of enterprises rely on digital collaboration tools | Remote work tips | Remote work: 5 things every business needs to know Consider: Hours a week were spent commuting. Open floorplans were abysmal and … [Read more...] about Work’s new normal takes shape and some companies will botch it
By David Malakoff Apr. 12, 2021 , 1:55 PM “I was trained to be calm, rational, and objective, to focus on the facts,” sustainability scientist Kimberly Nicholas recalls in her new book, Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World . But as research has increasingly revealed how climate change will forever alter the ecosystems and communities she loves, she has struggled to address her feelings of sadness. “My dispassionate training,” the Lund University researcher writes, has “not prepared me for the increasingly frequent emotional crises of climate change,” or how to respond to students who come to her to share their own grief. It’s a situation many scientists and professors are facing these days, Nicholas writes. “Being witness to the demise or death of what we love has started to look an awful lot like the job description.” But Nicholas says the untimely death of a close friend helped persuade her that the only way forward was to acknowledge that “we are … [Read more...] about ‘Sink into your grief.’ How one scientist confronts the emotional toll of climate change