Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Freaky Hybrid Memory

I just read a freaky article today in New Scientist. Boffins at University of California at Riverside have created a new kind of non-volatile memory by "attaching individual viruses to tiny specks of semiconducting material called quantum dots." Freaky!

I bet the Michael Crichton will have a field day with the possibilities. I'm currently reading his book "Next", which deals with genetics and bio-technology. Needless to say, it is an interesting book. He is very much like Dan Brown and Neal Stephenson. They're all capable of melding fact and fiction in a way that makes it easy to read. Dan Brown does it with history, Neal Stephenson with computing and Michael Crichton with bio-technology.

Imagine the possibilites, an organic-silicon hybrid machine that can interface with both living organisms and electronics. Days of Johnny Mnemonic are not far away now. Freaky!

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