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RE: [xml-dev] The year is 2027, and we need to examine archived X ML documents from 2007 ...

Ever more information ever more compactly carried accessed ever more
frequently?  It amplifies the problem of superstitious acquisition (aka, bad
WikiPedia) on one hand and increases the opportunity to vend vetted
information as part of the appliance.  Novelty becomes ever more precious
because ever more rare.  

The network is a power by virtue of connections.  If all we use the storage
for is entertainment, then this changes only the cost of having it available
locally and portably as the iPods do.  There are social opportunities to
make connections (share songs).

What will be more interesting is the impact on virtual robotics.  Physical
robotics have limits for learning from environmental cues in situated media.
If retrieval/store speed increase as well, highly dense devices can be
universes unto themselves capable of spawning novelty.

What if it turned out that the Big Bang was a local event, that in fact,
singularities of the density of matter that led to the local universe are in
fact themselves, near infinite?  While we are racing away from each other,
we are racing toward someone else?


From: Ken North [mailto:kennorth@sbcglobal.net] 
Len Bullard wrote:
> and density takes another quantum leap forward, or quantum computing
> practical

Bruce Cox wrote:
>>  When a patent file wrapper reaches age 40, we send it to NARA.
>> What we will do when the file wrapper is not paper, is not yet
>> but one possible scenario is that the USPTO will retain responsibility
>>  keeping archived file wrappers accessible indefinitely as a kind of
>> to NARA.

This IBM breakthrough might lead to storage capacity we can hardly image,
but it
also presents a challenge. We haven't realized the goals of the Semantic Web
searching 40 million web sites is a challenge. Now imagine the problems of
content-addressable storage and information retrieval with the storage
capacities mentioned in this article.

"IBM has known for a long time that harnessing the "power" of magnetic
anisotropy is the key to develop structures and devices of atomic and
scales, which would later become for example the building bricks of
small, but also incredibly "generous" storage equipments. So they've focused
their attention on how to measure the magnetic anisotropy of individual
an endeavor previously considered inaccessible.

Measuring an atom's magnetic anisotropy is vital for isolating its capacity
store information, thus opening insights into quantum storage. In 1959,
icon Richard Feynman, in a characteristic back-of-the-envelope calculation,
predicted that all the words written in the history of the world could be
contained in a cube of material one two-hundredths of an inch wide -
those words were written with atoms.
With further work it may be possible to build structures consisting of small
clusters of atoms, or even individual atoms, that could reliably store
information. Such a storage capability would enable nearly 30,000 feature
movies or the entire contents of YouTube - millions of videos estimated to
more than 1,000 trillion bits of data- to fit in a device the size of an
Perhaps more importantly, the breakthrough could lead to new kinds of
and devices that are so small they could be applied to entire new fields and
disciplines beyond traditional computing."

The complete article is at:

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