Advancements In Technology May Dehumanize Us All? No Fear! There Is An Off Button Right Here!

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I’m impressed how Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt replied to a woman who feared technology would move so fast to a point technology will dehumanize humans by holding up his cellphone and saying it has an off button.  According to Physorg, Eric Schmidt isn’t shying away from saying the future we have imagined all along is coming sooner than we think.  He implied people might be able to visit places without being there — even if people want to go places, they don’t really have to necessary to manually do so as driverless cars will drive them places.  How about the ability to send robots to events and so you might be able to enjoy such events without being there?  Hologram technology to be widely used?  You can see, Eric Schmidt is confirming the idea of having such future might be here sooner than we think!  Hopefully though, just like Eric Schmidt defiantly answered the woman, we all will have an off button for such technologies in the future so the humans will be able to take a break from all things digital and rekindle with mother nature from time to time.

Source:  http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-google-technology-science-fiction-real.html

New Fastest Speed For A Network? Researchers Were Blasting Away 186 Gigabits of Data Per Second!

Upload / DownloadAccording to Cnet‘s article “Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data,” various experts in various fields with the same goal in mind, faster network, had accomplished a new feat together in blasting data across their special network at 186 Gigabit per second.  It all took place at SuperComputing Conference of 2011.  Imagining this, by uploading and downloading single sided double layer DVD data (8.7 GB) at this speed, you would get 2.489 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per second; 149.34 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per minute; 8,960.4 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per hour; 215,049.6 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per day.  How about Blu-ray disk of 50 GB type?  You would get 0.433 Blu-ray disk of 50 GB size per second; 25.98 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per minute; 1,558.8 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per hour;  37,411.2 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per day.

With such a speed, I bet some researchers still want faster network.  Why?  If I’m them and have terabyte after terabyte of data to transfer, I definitely think that 186 Gigabit per second is still kind of slow.  Think about it, at 186 Gigabit per second, researchers can only upload and download 1,823.04 terabytes of data per day.  If Cnet’s report “Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data,” is true that petabytes of data being generated at various big research institutes for however long, at such a rate, someone will eventually start complaining how slow it’s for them to be able to only transfer 1.780 petabyte per day.  Of course, everyday users like us would think of such speed is superman.

According to Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, around five exabytes of data get generated every two day period by the Internet (source:  http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/04/schmidt-data/); this TechCrunch article was written in August 4th of 2010.  Imagine as we moving forward, the Internet would need a lot more of data.  The future of the Internet will include the additional evermore growing mobile devices on the top of all devices and computers that we already have today.  1.780 petabyte per day is simply too slow for the Internet by then, I think.  Here is a simple calculation of five exabytes in two days equates to this many terabytes; 1,048,576 terabytes are equal to one exabyte, and so we take this number times five and get 5,242,880 terabytes.  Yep, it takes this much terabytes for every two day period to satisfy the Internet nowadays.  It makes me wonder how much bigger this number will be in 2020 or so.

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