How did you ever live without these 10 awesome smart home gadgets on Amazon?

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Are you one of the many, many people out there who thought smart home gadgets were going to be another fly-by-night trend when they first started to emerge? Don’t worry, we all make mistakes. We can still remember all the hot takes we read after the first CES event that was dominated by smart home devices. Who wants a connected coffee maker? Why would anyone need to turn off a lamp with a phone?Well, at this point we can safely say that smart home gadgets are clearly not a fad. In fact, the exact opposite is most definitely the case — you can find pretty much anything and everything with built-in connectivity these days, and smart gadgets aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.Whether you’re new to the smart home gadget space or your home is already littered with connected devices, there are always cool new things being released all the time....

Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?

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Quantum computers have been on my mind a lot lately. A friend who likes investing in tech, and who knows about my attempt to learn quantum mechanics, has been sending me articles on how quantum computers might help solve “some of the biggest and most complex challenges we face as humans,” as a Forbes commentator declared recently. My friend asks, “What do you think, Mr. Science Writer? Are quantum computers really the next big thing?” I’ve also had exchanges with two quantum-computing experts with distinct perspectives on the technology’s prospects. One is computer scientist Scott Aaronson, who has, as I once put it, “one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered.” Not to embarrass him further, but I see Aaronson as the conscience of quantum computing, someone who helps keep the field honest. The other...