Quantum computers are the theoretical devices of our future. So small that they make atoms feel fat, and in theory powerful enough one the size of a credit card would be powerful enough to decide everything that will happen ever. The problem has been, up until now, that they are pretty hard to keep stable, only being able to function for nano-seconds at a time and with the simplest problems; that might be changing. It turns out that diamonds seem to be proving to be a more stable and reliable way to design these computers. The best part is that the lower the quality of the diamond the better that it appears that the computer will work, so they might not even be that expensive in the long run.
The down side to this, of course, is that the computer does not appear to be working perfectly—it was only able to produce a 95% accuracy rating when used which is beyond too low for even a basic prototype design. While this is only really succeeds in proof of concept for the team that created it, it is still the first time that anyone has done anything like this. With the leaps forward that man-made diamonds are making, experts are unable to tell the differences between natural and ones made in a lab, it probably won’t be long before we are able to design something exactly as needed for these machines to makes us all cyborgs.
Source: Tom’s Hardware
NASA and GM have decided to work together to create a device that will allow workers who must do repeated physical tasks (holding something or using a nail gun) throughout the day to experience less hand/arm strain by helping exert a small amount of addition pressure on the object being used. As odd as the pairing of the two organizations is it would make sense that they are both very interested in this as they are both quickly eliminating all jobs that would require the use of it. With NASA’s budget being slashed as badly it is it is always nice to see that they are still advancing technology for the rest of the world, even without funding.
The best part of this story, for me, is that this is just another step for man to merge with the robots that we must one day do battle with. This is the kind of thing that will hopefully one day allow us to see that we are not that different from each other, and possibly find a bridge to peace with. In the same instance if it doesn’t it will allow us to fire our automatic rifles for longer periods of time at their soulless metal bodies that long to feast on our flesh to fuel their furnaces of hell.
Source: PC MAG
It seems like people can’t leave well enough alone. Several days ago we reported that people were enabling robots to outrun man, now people are making them fire proof. In an attempt to, “save human lives,” and, “protect people from danger,” the military is designing—if not putting into production—a robot firefighter. Don’t worry, unlike normal firefighters these robots will not only have axes with the probable strength to put it cleanly through a human skull, but they also come equipped with fire suppression grenades. Because arming our future masters with advanced weaponry is the first step to Skynet. Or Planet of the Apes. I forget which.
It doesn’t seem to be enough that they are making these robots and giving them all of the means to destroy us. If they make it fireproof it can sit and watch as we all slowly burn to death. Oh, don’t worry, they are programming it basic with gesture understanding. That means that while you are suffering through your death it will know that you are trying to tell it how much pain you are in. Apparently they are all going to have, “masters” that they follow to help put out fires. I am sure that none of that could ever backfire. Thankfully they only have 30 minutes of power, so if we can outlast them and hide the power sockets we might be able to make it through.