Enjoy this week’s stories!
COMPUTING: Moore’s Law Shows Its Age
Don Clark | Wall Street Journal
“At first, Moore’s Law was largely a yardstick for chip engineers. It gradually became a competitive imperative, spurring companies to relentlessly innovate.”
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: IBM Creates Watson Health to Analyze Medical Data
Steve Lohr | The New York Times
“The company and its partners say that technology, economics and policy changes are coming together to improve the odds of making the IBM venture a workable reality. They point to improvements in artificial intelligence, low-cost cloud computing and health policy that will reward keeping patients healthy instead of the fee-for-service model in which more treatments and procedures mean more revenue.”
TECHNOLOGY: 20 technology quotes to inspire, amaze, and amuse
Robert Szczerba | The Next Web
“The advancement of technology generally evokes a range of emotions in people from all walks of life. Some view technology as a great evil that slowly diminishes our humanity, while others view it as a way to bring the world closer together and to help solve some of our greatest challenges.”
LONGEVITY: Is Immortality GOOD or BAD?
Vicki Turk & Brian Anderson | Motherboard
“That’s another basic thing that the doom-and-gloom, death-is-preferable-to-the-future crowd seem to misunderstand. The world won’t just stay the same, with everyone trudging along in a state of boredom; it’ll keep changing. There’ll be new stuff to do because we’ll keep making new stuff. We’ll get those jetpacks we were promised, and that’s just the start.”
ENERGY: Could we reboot civilisation without fossil fuels?
Lewis Dartnell | AEON
“Given the dwindling reserves of crude oil left in the world, it could be argued that the most wasteful use for this limited resource is to simply burn it. We should be carefully preserving what’s left for the vital repertoire of valuable organic compounds it offers.”
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