The Future of Data Storage

February 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Nanotech, Products | No Comments »

The BBC has a report on several potential storage solutions of the future ranging from 2 or 3-dimensional arrays and nanoscaled solutions. The one that really catches my attention is Dr Török‘s multiplexed optical data storage which takes the current laser technology and adds the ability to sense the angle of the deflected laser. In other words, the information is no longer read simply as the discreet states of ones and zeros. Each point has the potential to hold an infinite set of states depending on the sensitivity of the angular detection. Beyond the capability to densely store enormous amounts of information, this technology could lend itself to transforming our method of computation from discreet to analog where there are an infinite states between one and zero. Understanding and performing analog computations would open doors to understanding intelligence and push computation in a new direction.

via BBC

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Moore's Law Continues

February 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Nanotech, News, Technology | No Comments »

This isn’t really breaking news in the sense that Moore’s Law has chugged along consistently since Gordon Moore predicted microprocessors would double in speed every 2 years, but sooner or later we’ll face the physical limitations of the current material’s ability to be packed onto a chip. Intel and Qinetiq have developed an indium antimonide transistor, providing faster performance with 1/10 the energy consumption. Implementation of this new transistor along with developments in nanotechnology will continue to ensure your PC will be obsolete months after your purchase.

via New Scientist

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Breeding Spaces in Vitro

February 8th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Materials, Nanotech | 1 Comment »

The Breeding Spaces project, by Zbigniew Oksiuta aims to create a system of biological appropriation of energy and material into a self-organizing space. Much like a growing organism, these spaces would grow in a neutrally buoyant sterile environment as stimulants are added in a controlled manner to sculpt the growth of the space. This project, like much of Oksiuta’s work, merges the boundaries of biology, art and architecture. The collaborators on Breeding Spaces include some major institutions such as, the Institute of Physical Chemistry at Koln University and the German Aerospace Agency.

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