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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Going Digital - "From Atoms to Bits"

We are getting digital day by day, more and more, Chips and microprocessors are becomming parts of our diurnal life. The new reseaerch and studies suggest that it would be possible very soon to incorporate Chips in to our bodies. i am quoting a piece of writing here by by James M. Pethokoukis - USA, that describes this scenario indepth.

"Chip components are getting smaller. By the end of this decade, it will be possible to build simple identifier, memory, and processing chips, sensors, and short-range communication devices, all smaller than human skin cells, which are about 10 microns across.
We could print or blast these chips in significant numbers into the upper layers of the skin ... .Semiconductor circuits can already be printed today using inkjet printers, so we could imagine some of the circuits being painlessly printed onto our hands in a corner shop... . Medical sensors could be implanted that could monitor our blood chemistry 24-/7 and keep in touch with hospital computers via our phones. These computers could remotely control drug dispensers and thus keep our condition under constant check ... . Cellphones, MP3 players, electronic diaries, and other consumer electronics could be printed ointo our wrists, with full keyboards. These could remain almost invisible until we touch them, when they could light up ... . The circuitry itself would be made of dispersed groups of invisibly small devices, so we may show no more than a very slight colour change in that area of skin before the device is switched on ... . Having a TV printed onto the back of our hands might be quite appealing. It will certainly make some very interesting body-adornment possibilities. We could even see some real Teletubbies!"

I was reading a book on E-Innovation by Bob Cotton - published by Capstone Publishing, the book basically discusses how E-Innovation is taking place and changing our everyday life. I would love to share a quote from the book -

"The change from atoms to bits is irrevocable and unstoppable. Why now? Because the change is also exponential - small differences today have suddenly shocking consequences tomorrow."
Nicholas Negroponte (1995)

M Tabraiz Feham


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