Tag Archives: Technology

Predicting far future technologies

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. Niels Bohr If you’re a science fiction writer, one of the things you do is try to predict what future technologies will come along.  If you’re not writing hard science fiction, this … Continue reading

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Kindle Oasis: a quick review

I read a lot of books, and as I’ve posted about before, the lion share of those books these days are Kindle e-books. E-books aren’t for everyone, but for the last several years they’ve been my preferred way to consume a book. … Continue reading

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Let artificial intelligence evolve? Probably fruitless, possibly dangerous.

Michael Chorost has an article at Slate about artificial intelligence and any dangers it might present.  I find myself in complete agreement with the early portions of his piece, as he explains why an AI (artificial intelligence) would be unlikely to … Continue reading

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How a driverless car sees the road

I found this TED talk on self driving cars interesting, particularly the time frame mentioned at the end that Google is aiming for.  If it comes to fruition, it could revolutionize travel by the 2020s. Personally, I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

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Mars One and done?

Mars One, a non-governmental plan to send colonists on way trips to Mars starting in 2025, has been in the news a lot over the last year.  While I’d love to see us establish a human presence on Mars, the Mars One … Continue reading

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IBM spending $3 billion to rethink decades-old computer design

A reminder that quantum computing isn’t necessarily the only way forward in processor technology: IBM spending $3 billion to rethink decades-old computer design – Computerworld. IBM will pour US$3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years, … Continue reading

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Cosmic rays becoming an increasing problem for microchips. Threat to Moore’s Law?

When I first saw the title of this article, I thought it might be an alarmist piece of some kind about passenger safety from higher radiation doses while in the air, but it’s actually about a broader and more serious … Continue reading

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Quantum computing 101with D-Wave’s Vern Brownell

I found this to be an interesting primer on quantum computing.  One take away for me is that quantum processors will be useful for specific purposes, not necessarily as general purpose devices.  This implies to me that we might someday have … Continue reading

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Did a cosmic fluke make life on land possible?

When pondering how likely life is to develop on other worlds, or what types of life might develop, we always have to always bear in mind that we currently only have one example to work with.  And that example has … Continue reading

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Americans keen on space exploration, less so on paying for it | Pew Research Center

Many Americans are optimistic about the future of space travel, but they don’t necessarily want to pay for it. It’s been that way for some time, actually. A Harris survey taken in 1970 – less than a year after the first moon … Continue reading

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