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“The energies flowing through these things are, interestingly, becoming more and more dense. If you take the amount of energy that flows through one gram per second in a galaxy, it is increased when it goes through a star, and it is actually increased in life...We don't realize this. We think of the sun as being a hugely immense amount of energy. Yet the amount of energy running through a sunflower per gram per second of the livelihood, is actually greater than in the sun... Animals have even higher energy usage than the plant, and a jet engine has even higher than an animal. The most energy-dense thing that we know about in the entire universe is the computer chip in your computer. It is sending more energy per gram per second through that than anything we know. In fact, if it was to send it through any faster, it would melt or explode. It is so energy-dense that it is actually at the edge of explosion.”—Kevin Kelly
Hmm... Definitely Something to Ponder.
Students in Texas to be monitored with microchips
A school district in Texas will be watching over its students a lot more closely, but not with the aid of extra teachers. Instead each pupil will be monitored with microchips.
Officials at the Northside Independent School District in rural Bexar County, Texas have approved a plan to track the whereabouts of each and every student by requiring them to walk the halls with identification cards in their pockets that are equipped with RFID microchips.
By using Radio Frequency Identification System technology, teachers and faculty will be able to monitor the move of over 6,000 students at two select schools and every pupil with special needs throughout the district as soon as next semester. If the pilot program is a success, the district intends on expanding the tracking system to all of its 112 schools, totaling nearly 100,000 students.
Microchipping is a simple procedure that brings little to no pain to your pet. An 18 gauge needle containing a microchip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted -usually between the shoulder blades- under the skin and is pushed out. Each microchip has its own code that we can use to identify individual animals.
Microchipping a pet is something that I feel that we should ALWAYS be doing. It is extremely useful when an animal is found to be able to simply scan and find the owner. I understand that people believe that their animal will never get lost, but they can and they do.
If for whatever reason you do not feel it is necessary to microchip your pet, please register them at the very least. Tags are also very helpful when trying to help a dog on its way home, though less reliable as they can fall off. Microchips are the most permanent way of ensuring a safe pet.
Don’t let your animal be another face at the pound!
The above link proves the usefulness of the microchip.
From Stanford News: Stanford engineers build a nanoscale device for brain-inspired computing
In a recent paper in the online edition of the journal Nano Letters, a team of Stanford engineers has demonstrated a new nanoelectronic device that emulates human synapses, the brain’s computing mechanism. It is a breakthrough that might one day lead to portable, energy-efficient, adaptable and interactive computer systems that can learn rather than merely respond to given programs.
The Stanford team, led by Professor H.-S. Philip Wong, post-doctoral scholar Duygu Kuzum and graduate students Rakesh Jeyasingh and Byoungil Lee, has been working in a new field known as “brain-inspired computing,” which seeks to mimic in computer chips the neurological signaling mechanism of the human synapse….
“Our long-term goal is not to replace existing chips, but to define a fundamentally distinct form of computational devices and architectures. These new devices and architectures will excel at distributed, data-intensive algorithms that a complex, real-world environment requires, the sort of algorithms that struggle through today’s processing bottlenecks,” said Kuzum.