Human Brain vs. Supercomputer

Blue Gene:Q Sequoia

The Blue Gene/Q Sequoia. (Image via IBM)

Last November, IBM revealed that its lightning speed, Blue Gene/Q Sequoia supercomputer achieved a record simulation of more than 530 billion neurons. The Blue Gene/ Q Sequoia can perform over 16 quadrillion calculations per second, ranking as the second-fastest supercomputer in the world. (The number one spot is held by Cray’s Titan, built by the Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee.) Read More →

Let’s Explore Google Glass

Google Glass 1

Google Glass is thought to be the next great thing in augmented reality but most people are still not clear about how the new smart devices are going to work. The infograph below details how Google Glass is expected to work in a great way so I thought I’d share with you today. Based on the image below, there’s actually a small integrated projector that is recognized by the human eye without obscuring vision…cool. Read More →

Let’s Explore Quantum Computing

A quantum computer would be able to store more bits of information in its memory than there are particles in the universe. Image Credit: Alengo/iStockPhoto

A quantum computer would be able to store more bits of information in its memory than there are particles in the universe. Image Credit: Alengo/iStockPhoto

It’s fairly easy to surmise how quantum computing will evolve in the future if/when it becomes a reality. Devices that are currently based around a system of electronic circuits would eventually die off. Quantum devices would ultimately become the new standard in computing. While Peter Shor’s research showed how quantum algorithms would speed up advanced calculations, they never really demonstrated why people would want to do this. Read More →

Adding Another Dimension to Computer Simulations

Computer Simulations

Four-dimensional space is a difficult concept but this idea is driving a new revolution in programming today. Individuals familiar with August Ferdinand Möbius’ research know that an additional dimension allows a three-dimensional form to be rotated over on top of its mirror image. This gives us the so-called Möbius strip. While computer algorithms that really simulate scalable four-dimensional space are still in their infancy, they’re already making a big splash. Read More →

Sending Odors and Tastes as an Email Attachment

Image Credit: Shutterstock/Andrea Danti

Image Credit: Shutterstock/Andrea Danti

Research into cybernetic organs has been largely focused on replacements for disabled individuals who have lost a limb. Electronic noses and tongues are designed for a radically different purpose. Humans perceive different chemicals as various tastes and odors. Many types of additives are industrially manufactured to replicate certain flavors or scents. Read More →

Future Computing: Meet the Flexible Paper Computer

Paper Tablet

A collaborative project between Queen’s University, Plastic Logic, and Intel Labs has yielded one of the more exciting unveilings during CES 2013: a flexible paper computer. Dubbed the “PaperTab” tablet, the device looks and feels like a normal piece of paper, however, it’s fully interactive with a flexible, hi-resolution 10.7” touchscreen plastic display powered by a second generation Intel Core i5 Processor. Read More →

Soft Lego Built in the Computer

Simulation snapshot of a cubic crystal built of soft patchy diblock star polymers. (Copyright: American Physical Society)

Simulation snapshot of a cubic crystal built of soft patchy diblock star polymers. (Copyright: American Physical Society)

Barbara Capone of the Computational Physics Group of the University of Vienna has developed a new method for the construction of building blocks at the nanoscale. The researcher in Soft Matter Physics, who works at the group of Christos Likos, Professor for Multiscale Computational Physics, is specialized on topics of self-assembly of materials at the nanoscale and she has published, together with her colleagues, a paper at the prestigious Journal “Physical Review Letters” on “soft Lego” (cited below). Read More →

The Potential of 3D Printing in Science Research

It seems that 3D printing is all the rage these days so I thought I’d examine this exciting technology a little more in-depth to find out what all the hubbub is about. While the technology itself isn’t new, the fact that equipment and materials pricing is dramatically coming down in the space is the difference right now. In future years, I predict we will all have 3D printers sitting on our desks. I would love to have one of these to make models of planets and other celestial bodies…ahhh one day. Read More →

Localizing Software in a Singularity

The idea of an auxiliary language was quite popular for a period of time in the 20th century. Esperanto was often thrown around as a serious option, though fictional languages have actually caught on more than this purposefully made auxiliary tongue ever did. Nevertheless, the ability to communicate is becoming increasingly important. The very concept of a technological singularity relies on the ability of individual people to speak to one another. Read More →

Open Source in a Singularity

Open source development has changed the way that Internet users consume software. Hardware that’s free of patent restrictions is slowly becoming more common. Some historians have suggested that early aviation development was a type of open source development. While the computer subculture hadn’t yet existed, engineers in the earliest days of flight shared their plans with one another.

In a technological singularity, everything would essentially be open source. The idea of trademarks and patents would no longer exist. All information would be shared amongst one another freely. Open source development seems to be tapping into a natural thirst for knowledge. A state of shared consciousness wouldn’t have much shape for secrets.

That being said, the current intellectual property structure exists for a reason. Economics drive engineering at the current stage of development. Without these profit incentives, researchers wouldn’t feel the need to continue finding solutions to problems. The present system still has a place.

In fact, the idea of intimately sharing information on the level of a technological singularity seems disturbing. However, open source software is being traded on the Internet at this very moment. Scientists in the past freely traded resources amongst one another, and they made exciting discoveries because of it.

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