Handhelds of Tomorrow
Think thumb keyboards and portable hard drives—not the overhyped notions of cell phone Web browsers and “pen-based computing.”
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From the archives: An MIT expert on national security technology tells us why the current missile defense project won´t ever be able to do its job—and offers a better alternative (from the April, 2002 issue).
Ted Postol is challenging the government´s claims about a proposed a missile defense system. He´s a prickly character, but he has a track record that´s hard to beat.
With human cells distilled into digital models, testing the effectiveness of a new drug could be as simple as typing a few lines into a computer.
Silicon is cheap; “compound semiconductors” are fast. Combining the two could yield cheaper cell phones and DVD players.
The director of MIT´s Artificial Intelligence Lab says the age of smart, mobile machines is already beginning. You just have to know where to find them—say, in oil wells.