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The end of the thermodynamics of computation?

March 29, 2014

In a recent post, the always intelligent and provocative Cosma Shalizi notes John D. Norton’s argument against (nearly) thermodynamically reversible computation, but Norton’s argument is mistaken. In his paper “The End of the Thermodynamics of Computation: A No-Go Result,” Norton correctly states that “In a [nearly] thermodynamically reversible process, all component systems are in [nearly] […]

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One weird new tip for doubling page views

November 1, 2013

Suffer a service outage, and double your blog’s page views! Your mileage may vary. (I suspect a path-dependent oddity in Google’s ranking algorithm.)

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Writeup on APM now cross-posted at Nanowerk

June 11, 2013

See “The physical basis of high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing”.

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Radical Abundance earns a star
from Kirkus Reviews

May 22, 2013

It’s reassuring when a reviewer gets the message the author intended, and even better when Kirkus gives the book a star recommendation: Libraries and book stores rely on Kirkus Reviews to help them decide what to put on their shelves. If you’d like to see them carry Radical Abundance, please forward this link.

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Forbes interview up

February 26, 2013

Bruce Dorminey at Forbes just posted an interview with me on nanotechnology and my book, Radical Abundance (PublicAffairs Books, April). See “Nanotechnology’s Revolutionary Next Phase.”

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The problem: a metacognition deficit

August 27, 2010

…there’s a metacognition deficit. Very few in public life habitually step back and think about the weakness in their own thinking and what they should do to compensate… Of the problems that afflict the country, this is the underlying one. David Brooks, (“A Case of Mental Courage”, New York Times) Brooks begins with the story […]

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