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Review of Natural Computing: DNA, Quantum Bits, and the Future of Smart Machines

Now I am reading Natural Computing, which is one of the most fascinating books I have read in years. It reminds me of The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil. Why do I love Natural Computing so much? Because it presents all kinds of new technology in a way that is easy to understand.

This book is so wonderfully written. The authors are able to take incredibly complicated leading edge technology and turn it into simple ideas and diagrams that anyone can understand. Continue reading


Even Higher Frequency Trading on the Way

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Super-secret dark money pools and High Frequency Trading firms or HFTs had no sooner gotten a bad rap when another form of trading is about to steal it’s crown.

Thanks to an almost villainous take on the Singularity, a new group of computer-driven, quant-guided traders are now getting their hands on market data before other investors have a chance to see it (subscription required).

What’s the big deal?

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Top Ten Singularity Predictions for 2009

The year 2008 has been a thrilling year in Science and an amazing year in Singularity advances, specifically.

What do we have to look forward to in 2009? Here’s a list of the top ten possible developments in 2009 that will take us closer to the Singularity, the point at which humor will be distributed throughout the universe and our sense of humor will become so refined that everything will be funny, perhaps even this list of top ten predictions for 2009.

10. Somewhere, in a parallel universe, the Large Hadron Collider is working great.

9. Roombas new feature allows them complain about tasks.

8. Quantum computing breakthrough matched by breakthrough in Quantum spam, which can be annoying in two places at once.

7. Aging reversal cure causes hopes to soar; unfortunately side effects to new-found youth include naivete, poor fashion choices and saying the word, “like,” a lot.

6. Homeland Security to require extensive weapons checks to prevent grandchildren traveling back into time to kill grandfather.

5. Dark clouds of doom surrounding climatologists will block sun and erase the effect of global warming.

4. Alien contact made. Why aliens would travel across universe and multiple dimensions, bending the time-space continuum, just to implant piece of metal in the thigh of some hillbilly remains a mystery.

3. No Robot Left Behind Act passed to help poorly-performing artificial intelligent units.

2. Mini black holes discovered after lab experiment revealed to just be remains of morning’s donuts.

1. Time travel finally makes idiotic New Year’s prediction lists irrelevant.


Build Your Own Supercomputer

I’m always amazed at the innovation of crowds.

A group headed by some UMass Dartmouth professors have created a step-by-step guide on how to turn three Playstation 3 units into a super computer.

According to a news release, their hope is to, “ reduce the cost of university and general computing research.”

Using a supercomputer is quite expensive.

Typically, scientists rent supercomputer time by the hour. A single simulation can cost more than 5,000 hours at $1 per hour on the National Science Foundation’s TeraGrid computing infrastructure.

The guide is open source, so once the combined intelligence begins to hack through this, who know where this–or a similar project–can go.

This demonstration does a lot more than make computing cheaper; it also shows the raw innovative power that’s bubbling out there.


Hey. You. Get Off My Cloud Computing.

There’s a new buzzy word entering the buzz vocabulary: cloud computing.Could Computing

Cloud computing is a centralized form of computing and it might be another big step for technology. One might say an accelerated step for technology. You can read a bit about it here.

Rather than have all the processing power on your individual computer, you use the web to connect to a massive computer. This type of process makes a lot of sense for mobile technology. Could you imagine a cell phone that can connect to this type of technology? How about a Blackberry that has more features and apps than a tricked-out laptop? The possibilities are endless.

Not everyone is buying the hype and it may take some time to have the success or failure of cloud computing fully revealed. However, it’s a definite sign of how things are progressing. Technology and our understanding of how it can be utilized are marching ever onward.

They just need our imagination to catch up and eventually lead.