To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower.
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
So wrote William ‘Blakey’ Blake back in 1803. He probably wasn’t talking about computers, but turns out that his words are rather apt this week.
That’s cause scientists at Michigan University have reported that they are working on computers that are a mere one cubic milimetre in size. That’s even smaller than the Weekender Science Desk’s annual budget.
Professor Prabal Dutta told Humane Invent that it was all about miniaturisation of processors, data, communication and a sense of environment. But there is one issue, that of how to power these Michigan Micro Motes. As we all know from our cellphones, the batteries are probably the largest single part. But Prabal and the gang have decided to try and harvest energy from the local environment. Now this could be solar energy, or, more sinisterly, human-created power. Yep, folks, it’s another device that can be inserted into us in order to ‘monitor’ god knows what.
So far, implants have only been inserted into rats, but the prof and his mates reckon it’s only a matter of five years or so that they’ll be everydarnedwhere as this is the next evolution in computing. But will we be singing songs of innocence or experience at that stage, we wonder.
O, what land is the Land of Dreams?
What are its mountains, and what are its streams?
More Big Bill there, once again postulating an age-old question, which this week is this: why is it that if our partner dreams about us being unfaithful, we get a smack upside the noodle in the morning despite in fact being totally blameless?
Research in Social Psychological and Personality Science provides an answer after studying 61 participants between the age of 17 and 42 who had been in committed relationships for at least six months. The study group wrote their dreams down twice a day, as well as their interactions with partners.
Psychologist Dylan Selterman and his team found that dreams involving infidelity created feelings of decreased love and intimacy and those of jealousy could be linked to reports of increased conflict the following day.
On the flip side, dreaming of sex led to a boost in intimacy for those in highly committed relationships.
It’s all about priming, apparently, in which a specific stimulus influences subsequent responses. Even, it seems, if the initial stimulus is a dream and therefore not real.
Then again, as Will.i.am B-Lak3 noted, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction.