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(Kurzweil AI)   Current hard disc storage: 1 bit of data per three million magnetic atoms. New breakthrough: 1 bit of data per 51 atoms. Eventual generation of hard drives could be so small scientists would need weed to fully explain it   (kurzweilai.net) divider line 28
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2012-07-09 10:29:43 AM
I am still waiting for those one atom thick displays I was promised
 
2012-07-09 11:41:25 AM
don't care. cheaper solid state storage please.
 
2012-07-09 11:44:06 AM
Reading this headline while high made it seem really profound.
 
2012-07-09 11:51:33 AM
So soon we can get an iPad with 1TB of space?
 
2012-07-09 11:55:41 AM
Clever workaround. Two points, though:

1. Expressing it in terms of "number of atoms" is kind of ridiculous, an actual area metric would make more sense both intuitively and because the limiting factor in overall size is currently interconnect (or, in this case, I guess extractor) cross-section rather than actual domain size.

2. Without some detail on how they intend to extract and input the information this doesn't really mean much from a device standpoint.

Still, cool idea, nice side-branch of the organometallic/graphene device stuff that started in the PV/LED end of the field. Good times.

Man On Fire: don't care. cheaper solid state storage please.


The general idea is equally, or possibly more, applicable to solid state storage than traditional moving-parts memory. Again, it depends on the mechanism/interaction required to input and retrieve the information in the bit, though in this case you're talking about an attached solid state device instead of worrying about dimensional limits as such.

//And now that everyone in the thread knows what _I_ do for a living, back to work.
 
2012-07-09 12:10:24 PM
Sheldon Cooper is one step closer to uploading his mind into an android body.
 
2012-07-09 12:14:43 PM
Goddamit, now I got to buy the White Album again
 
2012-07-09 12:23:50 PM
My post got deleted?

Wow, how puritanical has fark become when a fluffer joke gets removed.

/I know, I'll get over it.
 
2012-07-09 12:26:01 PM
If I'm not mistaken, the problem with downsizing the bit is that it takes more precision to set/recall, which usually comes at the expense of loss of speed. In other words, higher density typically equals slowness, which anyone driving through a downtown can tell you.
 
2012-07-09 12:28:23 PM
Good news: Soon, we'll have customizable nanocomputers we can implant in our eyeballs.
Bad news: We'll use them for porn and looking up obscure 80s action stars
 
2012-07-09 12:28:58 PM
I just want a robot car that will drive itself... everything that is not a robot car is just a waste of time...
 
2012-07-09 12:29:30 PM

Fabric_Man: Bad news: We'll use them for porn and looking up obscure 80s action stars


What about this is bad?
 
2012-07-09 12:52:02 PM
That's nothing, I've once cut slices meat so thin I couldn't even see them.
 
2012-07-09 12:52:31 PM

the_sidewinder: Fabric_Man: Bad news: We'll use them for porn and looking up obscure 80s action stars

What about this is bad?


You ask this as if looking up obscure 80s action stars could be anything other than bad.
 
2012-07-09 12:59:02 PM

KellyX: So soon we can get an iPad with 1TB of space?


It'll take a couple extra years for Apple engineers to rework their products to ensure they don't work with this technology.
 
2012-07-09 12:59:37 PM
Okay. That means that... our whole solar system... could be, like... one tiny atom in the hard drive of some other giant being's computer. This is too much! That means... one tiny atom in my fingernail could be- Could be one little... tiny hard drive.
 
2012-07-09 01:03:20 PM
This is good news for libraries devoted to captioned cat pictures.
 
2012-07-09 01:34:00 PM
thumbs.anyclip.com
 
2012-07-09 01:41:45 PM

MugzyBrown: That's nothing, I've once cut slices meat so thin I couldn't even see them.


Then, how did you know you cut them?

i.cdn.turner.com
 
2012-07-09 01:53:01 PM
Hopefully this is another step closer to the Ruckerian vision of smart matter, where every atom in the universe contains data and networking capabilities.
 
2012-07-09 02:33:34 PM

MugzyBrown: That's nothing, I've once cut slices meat so thin I couldn't even see them.


I can see the air in my tires.
 
2012-07-09 03:13:50 PM
"These memristive and spintronic properties combined in a molecule will open up a new field of research,"

Reminds me of:

Those are quintrological galaxies and alphatronic rockifications and humanoid spacifications and some quadralogical, chemical war crimes with some tetralogical cosmopolitans with rockifications, space stations and flying saucers with other populations on other planets across 12 galaxies that were top secret by the CIA behind closed doors in Washington outdating the automobile society and outdating those international airlines.
 
2012-07-09 03:24:22 PM
It just means I will live to see the Singularity.
 
2012-07-09 04:16:13 PM
Could someone explain this in more meaningful terms such as Rhode Islands or Libraries of Congress?
 
2012-07-09 05:54:35 PM

Tax Boy: Goddamit, now I got to buy the White Album again


Life goes on, brah.
 
2012-07-09 10:09:08 PM

dryknife: MugzyBrown: That's nothing, I've once cut slices meat so thin I couldn't even see them.

I can see the air in my tires.


When your tires are that worn, you really should buy new ones. For safety.
 
2012-07-10 06:31:24 AM

King Something: the_sidewinder: Fabric_Man: Bad news: We'll use them for porn and looking up obscure 80s action stars

What about this is bad?

You ask this as if looking up obscure 80s action stars could be anything other than bad.


Frowns on your shenanigans:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-10 11:59:47 AM
Why research on improving magnetic storage of data instead of research on improving methods of data storage unaffected by magnetism such as flash drives?


What do you think, bit?

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