CES 2018 Intel comeback?

One of my favorite tech event of the year is the consumer electronic show. Every year, many companies show us the hard work their team did over the past years.

I gotta say, Intel really surprised me this year. Especially after the recent event of CPU Meltdown and Specter mess. The Verge made a great recap of their event in 15 minutes that you can see here:

One thing that always has impressed me with Intel is that they put so much efforts into research and development. As a developer, I know how hard it can be sometimes. I was expecting a few key points this year, mostly around VR, but they went a lot further than I thought they would.

Here are a few creative highlights they showed us:

The voxel from intel true VR

What is a voxel? It is essentially the data representing a pixel in 3D. This data can be used to be visualized from any point of view after being recorded.

With their new camera technology, they capture data from all angles possible at once, than we can replay the captured scene from any point of view we want.

Neuromorphic computing

They have designed a new chip called loihi, that mimics as much as possible the way our brain learn. From what they mention in the video, from a single week of training, it can already recognize simple objects in the lab.

Quantum computing

Intel showed us a new fully functional 49 qubit quantum chip. They brought on stage a self-driving car driven by the chip. You’ll probably say, “so what, Intel just made another chip”. That is not how I see it. There are not many large consumer chip maker in this world. If Intel feels confident enough to reveal this piece of tech, it means we are closer than we think to real quantum computing, which is a great thing. Mixing that new hardware with Microsoft’s recent announcement of Q# quantum computing language, the software development will be a lot smoother than running on heavy emulation from a 64 bit processor. All of that will accelerate the development process.

The volocopter

That one, I gotta say, I was not expecting at all! A self-flying-copter designed to be easy to fly and affordable for consumer to be taxied in cities. That’s just awesome. You know what is more awesome than that? They flew it live, on stage, with no one inside! Of course we always have to take what we see at CES with a grain of salt. Most of what we usually see are prototypes, but… THEY FLEW IT ON STAGE!

 

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