If Bashir had never done that experiment which caused Data’s programming to activate his ability to dream, how long would of it taken him to dream? It was programming which was meant to activated at a certain point of his own personal growth, so how old would he of been for it to happen naturally?

You could ask, would of it happened at all, but Doctor Soong was clearly so sure of Data’s ability that it would happen. But imagine if the accident didn’t occur, and Data felt tired one day and closed his eyes, for what he only thought was going to be a moment, at the helm of the ship during some routine scouting of planets and he has a really intense dream and it lasts about an hour, and when he comes too Geordi is over him scanning, Deanna holding his hand, Picard is on the comm to Beverly trying to keep it together, Riker is not keeping it together, and Worf has ready torpedoes while growling lightly. 

Then after an hour of Data explaining his dream, in full detail to the entire bridge crew (and Beverly on the comm) the scouting mission carries on, but Picard has yet to stop face palming.  

In today’s digital age it’s easy to forget about paper, but as one paper pusher says, “a paperless society is about as plausible as a paperless bathroom.”

For some paper companies, the Internet has been a godsend. Every time you order something on Amazon, it arrives in a cardboard — that is, paper — package. Other paper companies are retooling to produce high-end stock used in photo books, like those made by Shutterfly and Snapfish. Paper companies are remarkably nimble and resourceful, yet, says Sonoco Paper Mill manager Jonathan Anderson, they still can’t seem to get any respect.

Don’t Write Off Paper Just Yet

Chart source: American Forest and Paper Association
Credit: Christopher Groskopf/NPR



Breakthrough using light to transfer data could easily carry 20x more data and can be mass produced

Stanford electrical engineer Jelena Vuckovic wants to make computers faster and more efficient by reinventing how they send data back and forth between chips, where the work is done.

In computers today, data is pushed through wires as a stream of electrons. That takes a lot of power, which helps explain why laptops get so warm.

“Several years ago, my colleague David Miller carefully analyzed power consumption in computers, and the results were striking,” said Vuckovic, referring to electrical engineering Professor David Miller. “Up to 80 percent of the microprocessor power is consumed by sending data over the wires - so called interconnects.”


Ref:  Inverse design and demonstration of a compact and broadband on-chip wavelength demultiplexer.
Nature Photonics (2015) | DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2015.69

Humans are producing such quantities of data—2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, to be precise—and on such a steep curve, that 90 percent of all existing data is less than two years old. An overwhelming amount of information, access to which is marked by the same stark inequality that exists between economic classes, demands to be moderated for the public good, and libraries are the institutions that do that.