IBM researchers have created the world’s smallest movie by manipulating single atoms on a copper surface. The researchers used stop-motion animation where a few dozen carbon atoms are moved around with the tiny tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM).
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IBM is predicting that in five years, computers will have evolved from “large calculators” to more sophisticated machines that can detect and interpret sensory data like hear, touch, smells and sounds. This is what they call “cognitive computing.”
That’s a foundationally different way of thinking of computing. You have to change how you think about absorbing data. You can’t just take a picture and file the picture. You have to treat the picture as an entity at a very high level, as opposed to just a bunch o’ bits. Cognitive computing makes for some very interesting shifts in capability. That’s a rather profound sort of driver.
Google has purchased 1029 technology patents from International Business Machines (IBM) as the Web-search giant stocks up on intellectual property to defend itself against lawsuits.
Like many tech companies, at times we’ll acquire patents that are relevant to our business needs. Bad software patent litigation is a wasteful war that no one will win.
Technology giant IBM is telling all their staff to use Firefox as their default browser. IBM said that Firefox is now the gold standard for what an open, secure, and standards-compliant browser should be.
Bob Sutor, Vice President of Open Source and Linux at IBM adds:
- Firefox is stunningly standards compliant, and interoperability via open standards is key to IBM’s strategy.
- Firefox is open source and its development schedule is managed by a development community not beholden to one commercial entity.
- Firefox is secure and an international community of experts continues to develop and maintain it.
- Firefox is extensible and can be customized for particular applications and organizations, like IBM.
- Firefox is innovative and has forced the hand of browsers that came before and after it to add and improve speed and function.
Research team at IBM found a way to create the next generation of microchips that use DNA as the building block to create more powerful computer chips. The DNA Oragami technique creates tiny microchips using strands of DNA and carbon nanotubes which could act as the wires and transistors of future microchips.
Scientists said that it will take another 10 years before we see this technique being used widely for future microchips.
IBM new supercomputer called “Roadrunner” is built and designed using components from Sony Playstation 3. Roadrunner is now the world’s fastest machine costing nearly $100 million and operates at 1 petaflop per second or 1000 trillion calculations per second. It is like powering 100,000 fastest laptop computers. Roadrunner will be used by the US government to monitor the US nuclear weapons stockpile and also for research in astronomy, energy, human genome science and climate change.