as we become more reliant of technology to problem solve some of the most simplest of problems for us, are we becoming dumbed down by our dependencies? Are the computers getting smarter as a result? The inventor of the web says absolutely.
In what will surely be music to consumers ears, a chip is under development at IBM that will empower chips to store extraordinary amounts of data and remain charged for long stretches of time, all for affordable prices. iPods and other mobile devices such as MP3’s and mobile cells will be able to store upwards to half a million songs while costing considerably cheaper than current models. They are storing data on the spin of electrons (they call this racetrack memory) as opposed to cramming data into silicon chips which will bring down the cost of manufacturing and parts. This breakthrough will replace Flash as the preferred form of storage technology.
“The combination of extraordinarily interesting physics and spintronic materials engineering, one atomic layer at a time, continues to be highly challenging and very rewarding.Like flash memory – the most advanced type of memory for small devices such as mobile phones – it has no moving parts, meaning that the problems associated with mechanical reliability are dramatically reduced.