My picks, 2016-4

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Robot that runs and swims like a salamander
  2. New Insight Into Pain Sensation
  3. IBM Scientists Achieve Storage Memory Breakthrough
  4. Head in the Cloud: Computing and Storage in the Connected World
  5. Dean James Ryan’s 5 Essential Questions In Life

Robot that runs and swims like a salamander

Auke Ijspeert, TED

Roboticist Auke Ijspeert designs biorobots, machines modeled after real animals that are capable of handling complex terrain and would appear at home in the pages of a sci-fi novel. The process of creating these robots leads to better automata that can be used for fieldwork, service, and search and rescue. But these robots don’t just mimic the natural world — they help us understand our own biology better, unlocking previously unknown secrets of the spinal cord.


New Insight Into Pain Sensation

Salk Institute

Insight into astrocytes, a type of glial cells.


IBM Scientists Achieve Storage Memory Breakthrough

IBM

For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell and retaining the information at elevated temperatures using a relatively new memory technology, known as phase-change memory (PCM).

This research breakthrough advances the development of a faster and more durable memory technology for applications including mobile phones, the Internet of Things and enterprise cloud data storage.


Head in the Cloud: Computing and Storage in the Connected World

Siva Sivaram, Executive Vice President, SanDisk Corporation, James R. Carreker Distinguished Lecture

By the year 2020, annual data generation is expected to exceed 40 billion terabytes. Edge and cloud connected devices have fueled the need for massive storage advances. Ability to store, access, process, and analyze this data has opened up new frontiers in big data computing, networking, and memory technologies.

This talk traces our journey from a traditional computing constrained environment to a data centric computing architecture. We will review the current storage and memory markets and state-of-the-art in component technologies. We will also examine the big breakthroughs that are fueling our ability to handle this explosion in data. The move from rotating magnetic media to three-dimensional, solid-state storage drives and the emergence of a new category of memory called the “Storage Class Memory” will be outlined.

Siva Sivaram, executive vice president for SanDisk Corporation, will discuss how market realities blend with the unrelenting progress in technology. He will provide perspectives from pioneers in the field to evaluate where the big opportunities for innovation will emerge.


Dean James Ryan’s 5 Essential Questions In Life

Harvard
Good Questions

So these are the five essential questions.

  • “Wait, what” is at the root of all understanding.
  • “I wonder” is at the heart of all curiosity.
  • “Couldn’t we at least” is the beginning of all progress.
  • “How can I help” is at the base of all good relationships.
  • And “what really matters” gets you to the heart of life. If you ask these questions regularly, especially the last one, you will be in a great position to answer the bonus question, which is, at the end of the day, the most important question you’ll ever face.

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