We Live In Douglas Engelbart’s 1968 Vision of the Future

On 9 December 1968, Stanford Research Institute engineer Douglas Engelbart presented at a computer conference in San Francisco. Here, in what is now referred to as the “mother of all demos,” Engelbart asked “If in your office, you as an intellectual worker were supplied with a computer display, backed up by a computer that was alive for you all day, and was instantly responsible—responsive—to every action you had, how …

Microsoft’s Underwater Data Center

One cylinder comprising 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage has been dropped by Microsoft off the coast of Orkney in Scotland. The goal is to see if the tech giant can save energy by cooling in the sea. And the location was chosen as the French-built cylinder will draw power from an undersea cable and the Orkney’s renewable energy supplies. The experiment, known as …

IBM Reveals “The World’s Smallest Computer”

At IBM Think 2018, the tech company unveiled what they claim is the world’s smallest computer. The machine (smaller than a grain of sea salt) cost less than 10 cents to manufacture and has the computing power of an old x86 chip. That’s enough for it to be “a data source for blockchain applications,” according to Mashable, who notes that its purpose will be to …