Video: Google and Amazon are now in the oil business – A #Cyberculture roundup…

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are teaming up with Big Oil to squeeze more oil and gas out of the ground using machine learning technology. Subscribe to our channel! Sources: Brian Merchant (Gizmodo)… Christopher M. Matthews (Wall Street Journal)… Matt Novak (Gizmodo)… Kasia Tokarska Daniel Civitarese Ghassan AlRegib – Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have been very vocal about their efforts to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. But as The Wall Street Journal and Gizmodo have reported, these same companies are currently teaming up with fossil fuel industry to help them squeeze as much oil and gas out of the ground as possible. Oil has always been hard to find and hard to extract, and so the industry has teetered precariously on the edge of profitability several times over the course of its history. Over and over again, experts have predicted that we’ll soon run out of accessible, affordable oil – but so far, they’ve been wrong. Just when things look bleakest for black gold, new technology swoops in to keep the industry afloat. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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An explosive leak of tens of thousands of documents from the defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica is set to expose the inner workings of the company that collapsed after the Observer revealed it had misappropriated 87 million Facebook profiles.

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In October 2019, Google made a big announcement. It announced its 53-qubit quantum computer named Sycamore had achieved ‘quantum supremacy.’ That’s when quantum computers can complete tasks exponentially more quickly than their classical counterparts. In this case, Google said its quantum machine completed a task in 200 seconds that would have taken the world’s most powerful computer 10,000 years to complete. IBM, another major player in quantum computing, took issue with the findings. Either way, it was a big milestone in quantum computing, and it’s leading to a lot of hype in the field. Here’s how quantum computing works, and how it could change everything from Wall Street to Big Pharma and beyond.


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