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The Elon Musk Plan to Connect Brains to the Cloud!

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The Elon Musk Plan to Connect Brains to the Cloud!

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announces his latest venture-- Neuralink, a startup with the lofty ambition to develop technology able to connect human brains to the cloud.

But how would one connect brains to computers? According to a Wall Street Journal report, the answer lies in the "neural lace." Developed using nanotechnology, the neural lace consists of small electrodes implanted in the skull to form an electrode footprint able to monitor part, if not all, of the brain.

Wearers of such a neural lace, the theory goes, will be able to upload thoughts to and from the cloud via computer interface. Either way it all sounds very similar to the "cyberbrain," the mind-machine interface seen in the science fiction manga/anime series "Ghost in the Shell."

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Gartner: -6.9% Y-o-Y Decline for Q1 2017 EMEA PCs

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Gartner: -6.9% Y-o-Y Decline for Q1 2017 EMEA PCs

EMEA PC shipments total 17.9 million units in Q1 2017, Gartner reports-- a -6.9% Y-o-Y decline, with all major regions making the territory suffering decline.

A single exception is Russia, since a stabilised local economy brought about to single-digit PC shipment growth.

On a global level, the Q1 2017 PC market also sees decline-- shipments are down by -2.4% Y-o-Y to 62.2m, the first time quarterly shipments are below 63m units since 2007. The market does see some "modest" growth from the business segment, but this is offset by declining consumer demand.

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DDR5, NVDIMM-P Standards Ready in 2018

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DDR5, NVDIMM-P Standards Ready in 2018

The JEDEC solid state technology association announces development on the DDR5 and DVDIMM-P memory standards is "moving forward rapidly," and should be done by 2018.

DDR5 RAM promises a number of advantages over previous DRAM technologies, including double the density and bandwidth of DDR4, as well as improved channel efficiency and greater power efficiency. It also provides server and client platforms with a more user-friendly interface for performance and power management tweaking.

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IDC: Banking, Manufacturing Drive Big Data and Analytics

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IDC: Banking, Manufacturing Drive Big Data and Analytics

According to IDC, W. European Big Data and business analytics (BDA) revenues will reach $34.1 billion in 2017-- a 10.4% increase over 2016, before reaching over $43bn by 2020 with a CAGR of 9.2%.

"Digital disruption is forcing many organizations to reevaluate their information needs, as the ability to react with greater speed and efficiency becomes critical for competitive businesses," the analyst says. "European organisations currently active in Big Data programs are now focusing on scaling up these efforts and propagating use as they seek to learn and internalize best practices. The shift toward cloud deployments, greater levels of automation, and lower-cost storage and data processing platforms are helping to reduce the barriers to driving value and impact from Big Data at scale."

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Big Names Form Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

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Big Names Form Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

A number of giants from the technology and financial worlds, including Microsoft, Intel, Accenture and JPMorgan Chase, join forces to form the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA).

Other alliance members include Credit Suisse, UBS, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon and Thomson Reuters, together with other Fortune 500 enterprises, academics, startups, technology vendors and Ethereum experts. As one might imagine, the alliance is formed around Ethereum. For those not in the know, Ethereum is an open-source blockchain-based platform providing a decentralised virtual machine for the keeping track of transactions done using the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

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