Intel has hit a "major breakthrough" in quantum computing

Recent revelations about processor architectures within Intel chips which has the potential to affect nearly all computers and users worldwide, either by making sensitive data vulnerable or massively slowing down processing times, have made headline news globally.

The CES 2018 keynote was the moment when the CEO of Intel let it be known that the security flaws that were present in the processors of the company would be rectified.

Intel made a number of announcements at CES 2018, where CEO Brian Krzanich made the opening keynote speech.

For an insider trade to violate the rule, the information held by Mr. Krzanich about the security vulnerabilities in Intel chips at the time he made the trade would have to be deemed material to Intel's business, the securities experts said. But Intel has pushed back against that idea, arguing that the problems can be "mitigated" by software or firmware upgrades.

The bulk of his keynote, however and more importantly, was spent discussing the future of Intel, particular what he called "immersive media". The remainder of the fixes would be issued by the end of January.

Addressing artificial intelligence, Krzanich showcased how companies are using Intel's technology to transform their businesses through AI.

He added that there had to date been no confirmed cases in which customer data had been accessed via exploits created to take advantage of the flaws. The problems were disclosed last week by Google's Project Zero security team and other researchers.

The CPU flaws also impact Apple's operating systems, and the company had quietly provided some mitigation for Meltdown in its macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 and iOS 11.0.1 updates, but had not addressed the Spectre issue. He touted the company's Intel True View product, which he says the National Football League is already using to enhance the viewer experience. The challenge spans beyond Intel, Daninger said, since other processor vendors have also been using speculative execution, in which a computer system performs some tasks before knowing whether or not it is actually needed.

The Rosen Law Firm is probing "allegations that Intel may have issued materially misleading business information to the investing public", it said, adding it is "preparing a class action lawsuit to recover losses suffered by Intel investors". Intel says it was notified about the bugs in June. It also announced the launch of Intel Studios, a huge facility for capturing 360-degree video, and revealed that it has a powerful new quantum chip.

A self-driving Ford Fusion rolled onto the stage of the casino theater where Krzanich gave his talk.

Intel bought the Jerusalem-based Mobileye for $15.3 billion in March.

During the performance, musicians "played data" via gesture control while wearing smart gloves; drones and AI musicians played music learned in real-time; and location technology was paired with sensors and cameras to present data collected from dancing and acrobatics.

Autonomous flying would not be far behind driving cars, Krzanich told the audience.

Vanessa Coleman

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