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Ethics and the Speed of Tech Improvement

Our technology is improving quickly and the rate of that improvement is steadily increasing. Technology always amplifies human effort. If the effort has been aligned ethically, the amplified end product will be amplified goodness. If the effort is not ethical, the amplified end product will be amplified badness or even evil. It seems like we […]

Graphene Nanomesh

Graphene is a flat sheet of carbon atoms packed into a honeycomb like structure that is only one atom thick. Hexagonal Boron Nitride is a synthetically created ceramic that has a microstructure similar to graphite. A single layer of this substance is called a “nanomesh” which looks like an assembly of hexagonal pores. UCLA researchers […]

1947 – transistor

In 1947, John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley led a team at Bell Labs that produced a semiconducter amplifier device that is now known as the transistor. While patents were filed in 1925 by Julius Lilienfeld and in 1934 by Oscar Heil for “field effect transistors”, historical credit for the transistor has gone to […]