IBM has reportedly developed a new technology with which it could predict and monitor when and where trees and vegetation threaten power transmission lines and blackouts, which may help reduce it, the company said on Wednesday.

The IBM system uses data collected by satellites, drones, flights, sensors, and weather behavior models to help companies monitor the state of transmission lines and power distribution.

Every business is affected by weather. But for energy companies and their customers, it can mean the difference between whether they can keep the lights on and heat their homes – Cameron Clayton, IBM’s general manager of Watson Media and Weather

Just a couple of weeks ago, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, IBM introduced the first commercial quantum computer. At first glance, the machine that the company exhibited looked like a big black glass case, two meters long by two wide, with something similar to a lamp designed by an alternative artist hanging from the top cover.

The ability to layer weather data with satellite and sensor data gives utility companies powerful new insights to help them improve operations and minimize the impact on their customers – The company

Most of the news that circulated about the IBM Q System One had a problem: they avoided explaining what the hell is a quantum computer. They said it was a first step to “quickly solve complex problems and process huge amounts of data”, that it needs an extremely low temperature to operate and that, unlike classic computers, it uses “a system of cubits or quantum bits that store information in the two digits of the binary code, 1 and 0 simultaneously “.

The problem with the “quantum” issue is that since the beginning of the 20th century when physicists such as Werner Heisenberg, Max Born, and the Austrian Erwin Schrödinger laid the foundations of quantum theory, it was clear that they were ideas that go against what They indicate our senses and logic.

I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics – Richard Feynman, American physicist

Every time a system or machine appears to calculate, the foundations of civilization creak. If the promise of quantum computers materializes, we would become the first generation of humans to experience an unprecedented leap in computing power. We would have gone from caressing the tender calculators Casio or Texas Instruments to touch the devices capable of simulating molecules, decrypt complex codes, overcome all traditional computers together.

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