Are We Heading for a Digital Dark Age?

Digital Dark Age

Apparently, Google’s Vint Cerf is a little worried about all the information we store on our computers. From the BBC News article Google’s Vint Cerf warns of ‘digital Dark Age’: “Our life, our memories, our most cherished family photographs increasingly exist as bits of information – on our hard drives or in ‘the cloud’. But …

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The Antikythera Mechanism, The World’s “First Computer”

Over a century ago, the broken remains of the Antikythera Mechanism were recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Antikythera, Greece. It was found in pieces, 82 fragments of an ancient puzzle that together revealed something of an anachronism: the world’s oldest known computer. Created some time around 150-100 B.C. in Ancient Greece, this …

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This Crab Logic Gate Will Solve All Your Crab Logic Gate Needs

It’s amazing what kind of weird stuff people think up when they’re bored. And by people, I mean scientists. Over at Kobe University in Japan, for example, a team of computer scientists have constructed a working computer inspired by “the swarming behavior of soldier crabs.” They built a “geometrically constrained environment” and let loose swarms …

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