Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Think Blue...

Well, it's silicon instead of laminate, but if this is any indication, we might be halfway to Cordwainer Smith territory:
"A team of researchers from the IBM Almaden Research Lab and the University of Nevada successfully simulated the neural activity of half of a mouse brain on a BlueGene L supercomputer that had 4,096 processors, each one of which used 256MB of memory."
Too obscure? If you think so, then you should definitely read "Think Blue, Count Two." Here's a handy quote from the good folks at Technovelgy, all about the Laminated Mouse Brain Computer:
...Tiga-belax came in, very cheerful indeed... In his right hand there was a black plastic cube wih shimmering contact-points gleaming on its sides. The two technicians greeted him politely.

"I've got that beautiful child taken care of... I've used a mouse-brain."

"If it's frozen," said the first technician, "we won't be able to put in the computer..."

"This brain isn't frozen," said Tiga-belas indignantly. "It's been laminated. We stiffened it with celluprime and then we veneered it down, about seven thousand layers. Each one has plastic of at least two molecules thickness. This mouse can't spoil. As a matter of fact, this mouse is going to keep on thinking forever. He won't think much, unless we put the voltage on him, but he'll think. And he can't spoil..."
If you haven't read this one, you should go right now and order up a copy of The Rediscovery of Mankind. You definitely won't be sorry if you do. Some of the best short science fiction that I've ever read (and definitely the most mind-expanding).

It's scientifaction at its best.
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