ATT – what are you flinging again?


Techdirt notes that the USA Today title “ATT Flings cellphone network wide open” is quite a bit of hype given that it’s been open for 3 years.     Although the article itself notes that this is really nothing big and new, it is an indication that many of the wars are now faught on the marketing battlefields and not the technological ones. 

Also yet another sign that titles to grab attention are becoming increasingly misleading, especially in the blog world.   Even the title of this post is – frankly – somewhat misleading, as was my recent suggestion about Andrew Seybold’s competence during a recent PBS interview, for which he just took me to task in his newsletter.  

But hey I’m in elite company – he’s also pissed at Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt for suggesting that physical limitations on the wireless spectrum won’t post insurmountable challenges to the coming internet convergence.  

Silicon Nanophotonics = speedy chips


Hat’s off to IBM for what could be a milestone in building faster computers.  They are making great progress with Silicon Nanophotonics – moving data using light pulses.   This technology could speed up current wired chips by a factor of 100, bringing supercomputer power to your … desktop computer.

Kurzweil is smiling about this, and this is yet another indication we are likely to have conscious computers by about 2020.   Then, everything is going to change in ways we cannot even imagine.