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Overcoming the Tower of Babel in 2015

Written by Gary North on October 20, 2014

I have known this was coming. I did not think it would come this fast. How do you break down the language barrier and chat with someone in another country when there’s no ‘common’ language between the two parties? Microsoft is building a version of Skype for that will allow real-time translation for voice and […]

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Is the Terminator Coming? Reflections on Moore’s Law

Written by Gary North on September 15, 2014

Moore’s law: the number of transistors per square inch on a chip doubles every [??] months. The number of months gets shorter, decade by decade. The pace has accelerated since 1965, when Moore made his observation. It may be as low as 12 today. The cost of information keeps dropping. It gets less, decade by […]

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Video: When New Software Goes Dead for No Good Reason

Written by Gary North on September 13, 2014

It happens. It has happened to you. It has happened to me. I have produced a video on this. Forewarned is forearmed. This deals with Nuance’s NaturallySpeaking Version 13, Premium edition. It is a good program (1) when it works, and (2) when you have a professional proofreader. I have the second. I cannot train […]

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100 Tiny Radios on a Chip. Then 1,000, 10,000, 100,000.

Posted on September 11, 2014

A Stanford engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required. Designed to compute, execute and relay commands, this tiny wireless chip costs pennies […]

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Home Depot Joins Target Stores: Security Breach

Posted on September 4, 2014

New information gathered from the cyber world indicates that most of the Home Depot stores across the U.S. have been hit in a massive credit and debit card breach, reports state. On Monday, there were already whispers of leaked credit card data by the behemoth retailer, most of which were slotted down to be mere […]

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IBM’s Brain on a Chip. They Call It TrueNorth. Good Choice.

Posted on August 8, 2014

Scientists at IBM Research have created by far the most advanced neuromorphic (brain-like) computer chip to date. The chip, called TrueNorth, consists of 1 million programmable neurons and 256 million programmable synapses across 4096 individual neurosynaptic cores. Built on Samsung’s 28nm process and with a monstrous transistor count of 5.4 billion, this is one of […]

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A Major Virus to Hit Within Two Weeks

Written by Gary North on June 4, 2014

This is not a false alarm. It is being reported all over the Web. It is called CryptoLocker. It is already doing its work. It is an extortion virus. You must pay about $500 to get your computer back. The other is called Gameover Zeus. It is after bank account data. They are both from […]

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Houses Built by 3D Printers for $5,000 Each

Written by Gary North on May 13, 2014

A Chinese firm can build ten houses a day for under $5,000 each. The construction is based on cement and used materials. You can see them here. This is a revolution. Give this another decade — maybe less. This will hit the construction industry like a ton of 3D-made bricks. Want a weekend getaway home […]

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