You are already Living in a Computer

Futurists predict a rapture of machines, but reality beat them to it by turning computing into a way of life. Suddenly, everything is a computer. Phones, of course, and televisions. Also toasters and door locks, baby monitors and juicers, doorbells and gas grills. Even faucets. Even garden hoses. Even fidget spinners. Supposedly “smart” gadgets are…Read more You are already Living in a Computer

What’s Next in Computing?

The computing industry progresses in two mostly independent cycles: financial and product cycles. There has been a lot of handwringing lately about where we are in the financial cycle. The product cycle by comparison gets relatively little attention, even though it is what actually drives the computing industry forward. Chris Dixon reports. read more

I0Ts, desktop death stars?

Investigative reporter, Brian Krebs is one of the the most authoritative voices on computer crimes and cyber security in the world. His krebsonsecurity blog is the go to source for analysis on internet crime. Last week his blog was shut down following a sustained DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. Since then the web is…Read more I0Ts, desktop death stars?

Birth of the BIT

  How the Bit Was Born: Claude Shannon and the Invention of Information “Information is what our world runs on: the blood and the fuel, the vital principle … transforming every branch of knowledge.” By Maria Popova “All things physical are information-theoretic in origin and this is a participatory universe… Observer-participancy gives rise to information,”…Read more Birth of the BIT

The genetic computer

You wouldn’t know your Google from the Giggles.
I find this post fascinating since I’ve been dabbling with science fiction recently and have tried to think of a way for human beings to access computer information without having to use a keyboard.


We live in a highly computerized society (the concept of the Internet of Things) where not only are there a lot of electronic devices abound, you probably have a computer on your person right now. Think of how many people in the world have a smartphone (surprisingly, I don’t – I’m just cheap). According to Experts Exchange, the guidance systems used in the Apollo missions have only twice the computing capability of the old Nintendo Entertainment System (or Famicom for you video game hipsters out there). That’s right – with half of the RAM that NASA used to guide Apollo 11 to the moon, I’ve been using it to save the Kingdom of Hyrule.


Source: Experts Exchange,

My old Sega Genesis (CPU Speed: 7.6 MHz, RAM: 72 KB) would have blown away the Apollo guidance systems. No contest.

All this computerization requires a lot of resources, especially silicon…

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