MICROSOFT AND IBM sent congratulatory public messages to president-elect Joe Biden this month. Both expressed hope that his administration would ease the nation’s political divisions, and suggested it consider crafting the first federal rules governing face recognition.
While the rush to keep pace with Moore’s Law is getting rather “chaotic”, researchers at IBM announced on Wednesday that they have drastically reduced the space required to store a bit of information down to that of a single atom.
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A weird and totally true thing about the modern world is that whoever gets to be President of the United States has 7,100 nuclear warheads at their command. Theorized in the 1930s and first built and used in the 1940s, these weapons shape the outer bounds of human conflict: they’re powerful, they’re terrible, there is not much we can do about them, and they’re waiting to end the world the moment an equal number of Russian nukes launch. Should that fateful day come to pass, we’ll initiate the apocalypse with another similarly anachronistic technology: floppy disks.
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