Monday, May 10, 2010

Memristors and the future of computing

A non-volatile, fast, cheap, low-consuming, long-lasting and highly-scalable memory.
Think about those conditions for a moment and you'll immediately understand that those would be the ideal features that a computer designer could dream of.
That, in a nutshell, is what memristors promise for the future of computers.
None of the memory devices used today in computers can combine all of those in a single device.
That's why computers today have at least a hard disk, non volatile, but slow (in relation); and a RAM memory, volatile, but faster and more expensive (in relation).
Add to that the possibility of in-memory processing an essentially you are describing a human brain. And guess what.. memristors could do just that.
So, what is a memristor?.. Essentially you can think of it as a resistance that can be set to a value, or state, and it stays that way, remembering it.. A resistance with memory. An essentially passive electronic component predicted by L. Chua many years ago.

If you want to know more about them and about some of the people who are making this a reality, spend some time watching this video:

Thursday, May 6, 2010

People die thanks to a new economic crisis

The inevitable succession of bubbles of economic growth followed by their implosion into crisis that the monetary and financial system produces (by its need of endless economic growth that is impossible to sustain in the long run without unlimited resources..) shows its bad side again killing 3, including a pregnant woman.

This has happened so many times.. remember the .com bubble?... the big depression in the US?.. the tequila effect?.. the Asia crisis?.. Argentina in 2001?..

How the hell can't we think of a better alternative?...

Do we really prefer to just condemn ourselves and our future to live with this failed system and suffer this again and again?

May be there could be better alternatives out there..

And the irony is that they will probably get "helped" by increasing their debt ! LOL