Archive | October, 2012

Titan supercomputer capable of 20 petaflops peak performance

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is home to Titan, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers with a theoretical peak performance exceeding 20 petaflops (quadrillion calculations per second). (Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory) The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has launched a new era of scientific supercomputing today with Titan, a system capable of more than […]

Carbon nanotubes to replace silicon: IBM

IBM carbon nanotube: The substrate gets dipped in the carbon nanotube solution and the nanotubes attach via a chemical bond to the coating in the HfO2 trenches (credit: IBM) IBM scientists have precisely placed and tested more than 10,000 carbon nanotube devices in a single chip, using standard semiconductor manufacturing processes — paving the way for carbon technology to replace silicon […]

The consequences of machine intelligence

In their 2011 book, Race Against The Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy, authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argued that “technological progress is accelerating innovation even as it leaves many types of workers behind,” says Rice University professor of computational engineering Moshe Y. Vardi in The Atlantic. “While the […]


For researchers in the biological sciences, however, the future training of robots has been made much easier thanks to a new program called “PaR-PaR” (Programming a Robot). Nathan Hillson, a biochemist at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), led the development of PaR-PaR, a simple high-level, biology-friendly, robot-programming language that allows researchers to make better use […]

Hijacking the engineer’s Singularity

Steal This Singularity: Entry Hijacking the engineer’s Singularity by R.U. Sirius I’ve been sort of playing around with the concept — “Steal This Singularity” — for several months now. Prior to attending Singularity Summit 2012, I was thinking about it in political terms. Letting “Singularity” represent, essentially, a buzz word for a future radically transformed by technology, my […]