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Volvo to trace cobalt used in electric car batteries on blockchain

European car giant Volvo has announced it will start using blockchain-tracked cobalt in electric car batteries, having reached an agreement with Chinese and South Korean suppliers.

China-based CATL and South Korea-based LG Chem, also members of the blockchain network, will provide battery equipment for new Volvo and Polestar models for the next decade.

By deploying blockchain to track cobalt used in batteries, Volvo wants to prove to customers that the material is extracted in conflict-free zones and not in areas known to exploit child labour. 


Google officially claims quantum supremacy, ignores IBM criticism

Google recently sent the internet in a frenzy after the company claimed in a leaked research paper to have achieved “quantum supremacy”. At the time the quantum community fiercely debated Google’s claim.

While the draft paper was swiftly pulled offline, Google has doubled down by officially releasing a peer-reviewed version in Nature which reiterates its achievement. Crucially, the article repeats the controversial claim that the problem its Sycamore processor solved would take Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer, 10,000 years to complete.

If true, this would effectively mean Google had satisfied John Preskill’s original definition of quantum supremacy, described as the milestone where quantum computers can perform tasks that classical computers cannot.


Report: IBM to unite Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift

IBM today took the wraps off a new project that aims to bring Cloud Foundry to Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform.

The company showcased the experimental project at the Cloud Foundry Summit in The Hague, with TechCrunch reporting that IBM plans to turn the concept into a fully-fledged project that will allow Cloud Foundry users to deploy applications to OpenShift, while providing OpenShift customers with the Cloud Foundry experience.


IBM and Chainyard launch cloud-based blockchain supply chain accreditation network

IBM has onboarded numerous Fortune 500 companies to the permissioned network IBM has partnered with enterprise blockchain specialist Chainyard on a blockchain network designed to improve supplier qualification, validation and life cycle information management. The permissioned-based data sharing network, called Trust Your Supplier, will store important business documents, including ISO certification, bank account information and… Read More


US Army buys $12 million AI-focused “HPC in a Container” from IBM

IBM will deliver the mobile supercomputer late 2019 The US Department of Defense (DoD) has bought a containerised supercomputer from IBM that will be deployed at the “tactical edge” and other remote locations. The $12 million “HPC in a Container” will serve all of the DoD’s agencies and services when it is delivered late 2019… Read More



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