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Google, NASA using quantum computing to push A.I., machine learning

Google and NASA are continuing to test quantum computers and this week entered into a new agreement to work with a series of updated systems.

D-Wave Systems, a quantum computing company based in Burnaby, British Columbia, announced this week that it had signed a deal to install a succession of D-Wave systems at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. NASA and Google on Wednesday also confirmed the deal.

NASA and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) are collaborating on the project, which is focused on advancing artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Heavy industries may be the looming giants of the Internet

Old-line industries haven’t seen much of a payoff from the Internet yet, but once they get moving they could become bigger users than either tech companies or consumers.

As tech boomed and consumer businesses like retail changed radically in the 1990s and 2000s, industrial productivity in the U.S. was only growing by about 4% per year, General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said Tuesday at a GE conference. Since 2010, growth has slowed to about 1% per year, he said. 

IT advances have paid off for tech companies and some businesses, but heavy industries like energy and transportation haven’t been able to take part to a great extent, Immelt said. Now there are tools to help them take advantage, and CIOs in industrial firms can become business heroes, he said. GE thinks it can help make that happen.

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Asana moves beyond simple task management with new update

One of the key problems with doing work in a group is managing who’s doing what tasks when. In a traditional workplace, that’s often handled with status meetings, email chains and layers of management to help wrangle what everyone is doing. That’s the problem that Asana originally set out to solve with the product it launched first in 2012. 

The company’s core product allows business users to track tasks for teams and projects so that it’s easy to see what people are working on and how progress on key tasks is going. 

Asana made a three announcements on Wednesday morning that the company says is a major evolution of its product — including one that vastly expands the product’s capabilities. Co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein took the stage during a press event at the company’s offices to unveil a new design for their company’s eponymous product, along with new group messaging capabilities and a Track Anything function that lets users expand tasks beyond how they were traditionally used. 

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