Moore’s Law, first stated by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, that semiconductor processing power would double approximately every two years, has been chronically and erroneously reported to have reached its end stage so many times — since Moore first stated it over 50 years ago — so as to be a joke in the semiconductor business.
Joe Scott of Answers with Joe explores the current state of Moore’s Law — and promising innovations in processor technology — in this humorous and insightful video.
There’s an old saying attributed to weary world travelers, that when you’ve been everywhere, there’s always Greenland.
Greenland, the world’s largest non-continental island, has been in the news lately, with very recent reports that coastal glaciers and ice caps have surged past a tipping point of no return, and that this tipping point actually occurred twenty years ago.
Greenland’s coastal ice deposits are now being described as “doomed ice colonies” that when they are fully melted will raise world sea levels about 1.5 inches.
Of greater concern is Greenland’s interior ice shelf, which while currently stable, is warming up. Should it completely melt, that watery runoff would raise world sea levels by an astounding 20 feet.
The above video gives a thumb nail sketch of UCLA’s ice study work being done in Greenland, a sparsely populated autonomous country under the dominion of Denmark. For a beautiful and fuller explanation of the trouble brewing with the melting of Greenland’s ice, click here.
To see what would happen if all the Earth’s current ice melted, check out this video:
Taking the Long View
If you are worried about global warming and the concomitant rising of the world’s sea level, perhaps a longer view is needed. Here we see an animation of how the world is expected to tectonically change over the next 100 million years.
If like Ray Kurzweil you are worried about how vast increases in computing power will bring on the singularity of artificial intelligence (AI) becoming human, no need to worry for the moment, as the AI program Cleverbot is not very clever and not very convincing as a human substitute.
Click the link to amuse yourself for a few minutes. Or hours!
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