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The ultimate goal for programming: software that heals itself.
How a software company saved itself by overhauling its development process-and trusting its engineers’ instincts.
Software is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. Charles Simonyi’s solution? Programming tools that are so simple that even laypeople can use them.
Hewlett-Packard is betting that it can build computers whose functionality rests on the workings of individual molecules. It’s blue-sky research, but if it works, it will push computing far beyond the limits of silicon.
Researchers are devising molecular structures that identify, attract, and react with toxic waste far more efficiently than conventional treatments-and leave behind only harmless byproducts.
Last year, Japan fired up an ultrafast computer that puts its closest competitors to shame. What will it take for the United States to catch up?
It’s too late for old word-processing files. But new technologies will preserve access to digital photos, music and other electronic records forever.
Think thumb keyboards and portable hard drives–not the overhyped notions of cell phone Web browsers and “pen-based computing.”
The desktop metaphor was a brilliant innovation-30 years ago. Now it’s an unmanageable mess, and the search is on for a better way to handle information.
Megahertz, shmegahertz. A few iconoclasts are building computer chips that dispense with the traditional clock. But they face big barriers in bringing their idea into the mainstream.