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POSTER: computer news || FACEBOOK DEVELOPS A TECHNOLOGY TO TRANSFER TEXT FROM THE BRAIN TO THE COMPUTER
Humanity has long been trying to establish a connection between the brain and the computer, bypassing traditional interfaces. Some of the profile developments even reach the stage of mass production - it's enough to recall OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator , which even visited our Laboratory in preparation for the review. Recently it became known that the restless Ilon Mask founded the company Neuralink, which is tasked to develop a way to transfer information from the brain to the memory of the computer. Wards of the Californian billionaire intend to implant for this in the human brain electrodes, at least.
Agency Bloomberg reports that at a profile event F8 representatives of Facebook told of their intentions to develop a technology that allows you to send text to your computer with the help of thought. In a few years, according to the developers, this way it will be possible to type text at a rate of at least 100 words per minute. The system that allows this will simply capture electromagnetic impulses of the brain, no surgical interventions will be required to work with it. The existing prototypes, according to the authors of the idea, allow you to dial up to eight words per minute.
Even traditional voice channels of information transfer pale in its bandwidth before the "telepathic interface." Facebook compares our speech with the modems of the eighties of the last century, while the brain is able to transmit "four films with HD resolution per second." Someday, according to company representatives, the "telepathic interface" will allow us to operate with mental images, rather than in separate letters. Communication among speakers of different languages will be simplified due to the wedging in the process of "telepathic information exchange" of machine translation systems.
Such technologies will simplify the process of socialization of people who have lost the ability to perceive information by ear. Healthy Facebook customers will be able to send text messages in places with increased noise. Send information in the opposite direction Facebook wants to learn through the skin. From the context it is impossible to say whether this technology has something in common with the "vibrational" methods of transmitting sound to the inner ear of a person.
FACEBOOK DEVELOPS A TECHNOLOGY TO TRANSFER TEXT FROM THE BRAIN TO THE COMPUTER
POSTER: computer news || THE DANISH DATA CENTER OF APPLE WILL SAVE NEIGHBORING FARMERS FROM WASTE
IBM was one of the first companies to offer cooling of server systems with liquid, and the heat energy they allocated was not in vain, but was used to heat office space - at least in Switzerland such energy saving methods worked without problems.
Care for nature has become an important part of the development policy for the American giant. All American data centers Apple, like the company headquarters, use only renewable energy sources. In general, the world's share of renewable energy for data centers does not exceed 96%, because in some regions, Apple's servers are operated at third-party leased sites. The company intends to spend about $ 1.8 billion on the construction of two data centers in Northern Europe: Denmark and Ireland.
In the first case, the heat generated by the server equipment will be used to heat the surrounding residential buildings. In addition, the data center will use methane to generate electricity, resulting from the processing of waste from livestock farms located in Denmark. In addition to methane, this technology allows to get organic fertilizers, which will be returned to farmers engaged in plant growing. From a local power grid, the Danish data center of Apple will not consume a watt of electricity.
The Irish data center of Apple will be powered by systems that generate electricity due to sea waves. The iPhone manufacturer also seeks to reuse the bulk of the structural materials used to produce its own products. Such a policy should help slow the depletion of the world's natural resources.
THE DANISH DATA CENTER OF APPLE WILL SAVE NEIGHBORING FARMERS FROM WASTE
POSTER: computer news || ASML NOTES INCREASED INTEREST IN EUV-SCANNERS
For the Dutch company ASML, engaged in the development and manufacture of equipment for semiconductor lithography, the beginning of the year was very good. The number of orders for scanners of the EUV (13.5 nm) range has grown and active purchases of 193-nm scanners, optimal for the production of memory and logic with the norms of 10 and 7 nm, are continuing. Executed applications for the purchase of EUV-scanners include 21 installations. The total cost of the order is 2.3 billion euros ($ 2.46 billion). It's about the latest NXE scanners: 3400B. In addition, the company intends to upgrade the 14 previously sold NXE systems: 3300 and NXE: 3350. New and modernized plants will be able to process 125 plates per hour, with an efficiency of 90%, which allows us to talk about the soon-to-be commercial application of EUV lithography.
The names of customers for EUV-scanners were not disclosed. In total, ASML has five customers, which obviously include Intel, TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries. Negotiations are being held with two more companies, whose names are also not disclosed. ASML assures that the chip makers have become more interested in EUV equipment. Of the well-known, it can be recalled that in part the EUV scanners TSMC will begin to use for the release of 7-nm chips of the second generation and completely wants to switch to EUV-scanners for the release of 5-nm solutions. Samsung adheres to a similar plan, although it can start using EUV-scanners already in the first generation of 7-nm process technology. As for Intel, it will start using the latest equipment for the release of 5-nm solutions.
In the first quarter of 2017, ASML generated 1.94 billion euros (about $ 2.08 billion). Revenue has consistently increased by 2% and 46% per year. Net profit for the period was $ 452 million euro ($ 484 million). Consistently quarterly profit decreased by 14%, but in annual terms increased by 128%. In the second quarter, the company expects to raise from 1.9 to 2 billion euros.
In conclusion, we add that ASML has entered into a partnership agreement with Cadence Design Systems. Cadence's design tools will include models and ASML scanner profiles. This will allow developers to test the design of chips before making solutions - even at the design stage. Such an innovation will reduce the probability of errors in the stage of the first silicon output and shorten the production cycle.
POSTER: computer news || LILIUM FIRST TRIAL FLIGHT
According to Electrek website, the full-sized prototype of the two-seater Lilium electroplane with the vertical take-off and landing function has recently successfully completed the first test flight. Flight control was carried out from the ground remotely.
In the current version, this powerplant is ready to offer displacement up to 300 km at a speed of up to 300 km / h. Given the lack of traffic jams in the sky, travel by air on such a "taxi" can take up to five times less time than on a car. The possibility of vertical take-off and landing allows you to do without long runways. The design of the electric plane implies the presence of 36 electric motors (12 at the front, and 12 pieces on each wing), which change the orientation of
the rotor axis depending on the direction of travel being set. The developers claim that the failure of one or more electric motors does not affect the functioning of neighboring ones. Such redundancy lies in the layout of the traction battery.
Moreover, the program of "active assistance to the pilot" warns him against the commission of dangerous maneuvers. On the level of energy efficiency in the horizontal sections of the trajectory, such an aircraft is comparable to an electric vehicle, as claimed by its creators. By the way, their number has gradually increased from four people to forty. The company's specialists are now embarking on the development of a more capacious version of the electric plane, capable of taking
on board up to five people.