October 26, 2008

Singularity Summit Highlights

1. Intel has made millimeter size 2d and 3d catoms for claytronics

2. Niel Gershenfeld, Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, showed a programmable matter project. Small 3d objects would use local rules which would result in 100 cube components turning themselves into the shape of a wrench.
3. Intel will be making all digital radios [digital multi-radio] in 2009. The intention is to reinvent radios to make them cheaper, more reliable and able to work together. They want to make 7 trillion of them over the next few years, 1000 radios for every person.

Intel’s vision is a “multi-radio” that can jump from one WLAN or WAN protocol to another quickly. Here, as with the camera example, the idea is to fully exploit radio’s inherent computational nature. “What kind of computational nature does radio have?” you might ask. It so happens that radio designers already think of radio in terms of algorithms. They simply implement these algorithms with analog components at the moment, as they have for the last 100 years. According to Rattner, system implementations that exploit digital computational resources to execute radio algorithms provide increased flexibility, better time to market, lower costs, lower power consumption, higher integration, and digital calibration and compensation.

Intel has already developed various pieces of the digital multi-radio and has described these pieces at various conferences. The company has developed a class-D digital power amplifier in 65nm silicon, a fractional-N synthesizer in 90nm silicon, and a spectrum-sensing sigma-delta A/D converter in 90nm silicon.

4. Peter Diamandis talked about the future of the Xprize. They will be making prizes in the $100 million to 1 billion range. They will be introducing several xprizes each year and get up to 20 prizes covering a variety of areas. The US gave $306 billion in philanthropy in 2007. Diamandis has a target of 10% of philanthropy going to prizes as a more efficient method to achieve results.

5. Brain emulation progress from Dharmendra S. Modha

6. The Open cog project was discussed

Rattner, Intel, reported that Intel and Carnegie Mellon University have made millimeter sized 2d and 3d catoms for claytronics.

The 3d catom is a small glass bead with electronics inside. They can move over surfaces using electrostatic force. The electronics are a stack of 2d electronics with silicon through via interconnects.

By 2012-2017, the catom will be shrunk to micron size. They will be able to create 3d fax machines and shape changing electronics. Catoms can emit light to change color to make the model of a car turn from white to red to blue or to create a display for a computer by spreading over the surface of a wall or table.

Intels micron claytronics needs dozens of the new digital multi-radios

Rat brain emulation and a new brain emulation roadmap.

Investigating the work of Neil Gershenfeld and others into avogadro scale computing and comforming computing and his approach to programmable matter.


What could be high impact radical world changing technology ? It takes a lot to rock your world. You need singularity or near singularity technology change to overcome individual and societal inertia.

Synthesizing diamond advance: kilocarat diamonds [thousand carat]


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