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Elvis Has Left The Building

With the millions in the US who have just lost their jobs over the COVID-19 pandemic, putting the country into near economic meltdown along with the rest of the planet, thoughts of artificial intelligence (AI) taking over people’s livelihoods could be viewed as ill-timed.

And maybe it is, unfortunately.


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53 Qubits

Late last year in October, Google announced that it had achieved ‘Quantum Supremacy’ on its 53-qubit quantum computer. The phrase means, in layman’s terms, that a quantum device can solve any given problem that a classical computer/supercomputer can’t. After the announcement, there was both celebration and derision from all corners…

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‘We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.’

— Terri Swearingen

Up In Smoke

With the current heatwave and forest fires in Australia as proof (some would say) the planet is undergoing an unprecedented time of temperature rises, freak weather occurrences, and record carbon emissions, the…

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Ode to the Curly-Wurly Man

When I was a child, I loved the chewy chocolate bar called a Curly-Wurly (don’t think they’re available in the US). Don’t know why, really, as there were better ones: Snickers, Mars etc. The chewy, elastic consistency of the bar was annoying and really quite bad for your teeth: You…

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As Lady Luck Would Have It

On January 24, 1848, a few days after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed (ending the Mexican-American War), gold was discovered in California. It was to be the beginning of the greatest dash for wealth in 19th century America. Almost immediately people lucky enough to already be in the…

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Stranger Things

When I started my short career as a ten-year-old ‘computer programmer’ back in the mid-1980s, when the vibe was certainly ‘Stranger Things’ in spirit at least, I didn’t know anything about the history of what lay behind the scenes, how the Amstrad CPC 464 I used, worked. Or how, the…

James Dargan

Author & futurist writing about quantum computers, AI, crypto/blockchain. Journalist @ Read my fiction on Amazon or

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