I’d Like to Buy a Hint, Pat

“When one has taken root, one puts out branches.” – Jules Verne

What do microprocessors, pine trees, and public libraries all have in common? They have lots of branches. Branch instructions are fundamental to all von Neumann machines, along with arithmetic and logic operations. Without branches – specifically, conditional branches – you can’t really … Read More → "I’d Like to Buy a Hint, Pat"

Faster Interconnect! Go! Go!

What do Moore’s Law, the Von Neuman Bottleneck, and alpha-band brain activity have in common?! This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry! Matthew Burns (Samtec) joins us to discuss how we can prepare for the next wave of high speed fabrics in embedded computing and why  these new faster fabrics will make our design lives harder not easier. … Read More → "Faster Interconnect! Go! Go!"

The New Age of Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex

“You’ve gone too far this time / And I’m dancing on the valentine” – Duran Duran

One of the weirdest demonstrations I’ve seen was from the guy at e-Ink. He was showing off his company’s flat display technology attached to a mockup Amazon Kindle reader. The back was off and all the electronic guts were hanging out: processor, RAM, display … Read More → "The New Age of Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex-Flex"

Fear the Economic Singularity

In dystopian science fiction, we are taught to fear the technological singularity – the time when artificial super intelligence advances to a point far beyond human intelligence, with a result that profoundly alters human existence. Vivid imagery of automated weapons of doom working to wipe out human civilization and take over the world – or the galaxy – have terrorized generations of sci-fi fans. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and … Read More → "Fear the Economic Singularity"

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Posted on Mar 25 at 11:41am by Azmat
Next they will be claiming atomic fusion at the junctions. Recall that ‘resistor’ hysteresis was first observed/reported ~1910, mathematically postulated in ~1970, and physically demonstrated ~2000. We are approaching THE ‘singularity’.
Posted on Mar 23 at 1:07am by TotallyLost
Or we add a substantial "income tax" for each robot/android's earnings, and use those funds to pay idled workers benefits. If we can tax humans, we can certainly tax their replacements. Robots stop being so cheap very quickly.
Posted on Mar 22 at 5:53pm by vcx
The solutions are simple. "Work" becomes contributions all paid at the same $1.00 per week. Yes, this does end much of what we have known. However, it ends the grab for more money as everyone is economically equal. In reality, the $1.00 would gain value. people who come up with ideas, inventions, ...
Posted on Mar 21 at 6:25pm by TotallyLost
Awesome post ... keep up the good work!!
Posted on Mar 20 at 11:10am by Jim Turley
Can you think of a near-term application for flexible electronics? Something you're considering, or just weird science project?
Posted on Mar 20 at 9:10am by vadertime
So, I have been software engineer for 35 years. What started as a hobby became my profession and now is both. It has been my calling for the past 30+ years to find automated solution to cumbersome, manual, clerical tasks. So, I have probably displaced a lot of workers in my lifetime, ...
Posted on Mar 18 at 8:59am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of the new Bluetooth location capabilities supported in Silicon Labs' latest release?
Posted on Mar 13 at 4:09pm by TotallyLost
Thanks Kevin :) We've been butting heads on this for a couple years now ... it really is a management problem, often rooted in organizational culture issues, where developers are often the scapegoat. If you don't fix it, the good developers (and managers) will ultimately migrate to the competition, rather than forcibly ...
Posted on Mar 13 at 9:25am by Kevin Morris
@TotallyLost - YES! Every bit of this! Every engineering manager should read every part of this. Thanks for sharing!
Posted on Mar 12 at 5:41pm by TotallyLost
Something don't change ... somethings do ... what are best practice rules for 2020?
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