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Is Technology Making The World Too Complex?

Pic: Theon (CC)

Pic: Theon (CC)

Can Moore’s law abet neutralization of Buckminster Fuller’s ephemeralization? Will Georges Anderla’s statistical model (coined the information explosion by Robert Anton Wilson) equalize the complexity?

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Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?

Despite the vastness of the sky, airplanes occasionally crash into each other. To avoid these catastrophes, the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) was developed. TCAS alerts pilots to potential hazards, and tells them how to respond by using a series of complicated rules. In fact, this set of rules — developed over decades — is so complex, perhaps only a handful of individuals alive even understand it anymore. When a TCAS is developed, humans are pushed to the sidelines and, instead, simulation is used. If the system responds as expected after a number of test cases, it receives the engineer’s seal of approval and goes into use.

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Researchers Create Subatomic Digital Switch

Researchers at Berkeley’s NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center have successfully used plasmons, a subatomic particle, to create a digital switch. “I’m personally optimistic we’ll see chips like this in ten to twenty years,” says Dr. Thomas Zentgraf, who also notes that light photons don’t collide with each other and “they don’t react with other materials” — so they’ll dissipate less heat and allow much smaller chips and devices. “You can’t move electrons any faster, but photons are constantly going at the speed of light,” says the researcher.

As this article suggests Moore’s law now “starts to look more like a temporary statute,” and light “also has the advantage of being the fastest thing in the universe.”… Read the rest

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