Hashtag Trends Podcast, June 2, 2022 — Computing enters the exascale era, Microsoft wants to streamline meetings, Twitter shareholders vs. Musk, and AI creating images.
Welcome to Hashtag Trends, your roundup of this week’s tech news. Today is Thursday, June 2, 2022.
Computing enters the exascale era
The HPE/Cray-designed Frontier supercomputer is not only the world’s most powerful computer, it’s also the first whose power exceeds an exaflop. This means that it can perform over a billion 64-bit floating point operations every second. This is three times more than the Japanese supercomputer Fugaku, until then the most powerful.
Powered by 9,472 64-core AMD processors and 37,888 GPU accelerators, each with 220 compute units, the device occupies 74 cabinets at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, Tennessee, where it is housed. Frontier isn’t just powerful, it’s also eco-friendly and tops the charts for the most energy-efficient computers.
Microsoft wants to make meetings more dynamic
As part of its Build conference last week, Microsoft introduced new Teams features to make the tool even more useful in a hybrid working world. Two announcements in particular drew attention because they offer new solutions for more dynamic and interactive hybrid meetings: Live Share and the integration of Loop components.
Live Share allows connected people to interact with streamed content during a meeting. It makes meetings more collaborative and interactive by replacing passive screen sharing with real co-editing and collaboration.
As for loop components, they are interactive elements that can be synchronized over the Internet within the Microsoft 365 universe. For example, a loop table can be embedded in an Outlook email, a Word document, a presentation PowerPoint or a Teams meeting and stay up to date. up to date in all these places in real time.
Twitter shareholders against Musk
Twitter shareholders have filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk alleging that the Tesla CEO is gambling with his share price. Musk’s plan to acquire Twitter remains on hold as he awaits proof that less than 5% of his users aren’t really Twitter.
However, Twitter shareholders believe that Musk is trying to drive down Twitter’s share price with negative statements to create leverage in an effort to negotiate a better price. The lawsuit alleges that Musk’s actions are illegal and violate the terms of the contract he agreed to.
The artificial intelligence that creates images
The Google Brain team at Google Research has developed an artificial intelligence system capable of producing images from text. Google says the new Image AI model combines unprecedented photorealism with a deep level of language understanding.
Although not the first to offer this feature, Google claims that its images are much more realistic than those of its competitors, even when illustrating abstract ideas. To prove this, the company stated in a blog post that humans prefer Image over images of other models in side-by-side comparisons.
Tags: Elon Musk, Frontier, Google, Hashtag Trending, HPE/Cray, Microsoft, Twitter
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