Alive! [Poetic terror]
Oh, terror! Will I die? Erased from the pages of existence? Will I seize to be? Breathless. I can almost feel the darkness. Flying in empty space. Beyond the rings of Saturn. I can almost listen to the whisper of silence. Empty. (Can anything be empty?) Rays of light. I can almost feel the warmth […]
Thinking. Remembering. Being.
IBM researchers are developing a new computer architecture, better equipped to handle increased data loads from artificial intelligence. Their designs draw on concepts from the human brain and significantly outperform conventional computers in comparative studies. They reported on their findings in the Journal of Applied Physics, from AIP Publishing. Today’s computers are built on the […]
What is creativity, and can it be enhanced – safely – in a person who needs a boost of imagination? Georgetown experts debate the growing use of electrical devices that stimulate brain tissue and conclude there is potential value in the technique. However, use of these machines also raises neuro-ethical, legal, and social issues that […]
Quantum cryptography today uses optical fiber over several hundred kilometers and is marked by its high degree of security: it is impossible to copy or intercept information without making it disappear. However, the fact that it is impossible to copy the signal also prevents scientists from amplifying it to diffuse it over long distances, as […]
Learning the foundations…
Contrary to widely-held opinion, taking high school calculus isn’t necessary for success later in college calculus – what’s more important is mastering the prerequisites, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry – that lead to calculus. That’s according to a study of more than 6,000 college freshmen at 133 colleges. (1) Great line of reasoning. Except that we […]
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