I have a dream of a future where all technology is modular, easily replacable, and recyclable.
You phone screen broke? Just replace it and recycle the old one. Your laptop's getting a little slow? Replace the CPU.
This would also require a set of universal adaptors and fittings, so that everything would be compatible with everything else.
And I honestly don't feel like this is a lot to ask?
@InvaderXan BUT MONEY!
This seems like actually sensible stuff that makes sense but how would large corporations get filthy rich if you can just replace a screen and not buy an entire new phone?
I have a 10 year old laptop. There's only one reason I'm considering getting a new one and that's because the CPU is now too slow for modern software. But if I could just upgrade the CPU...
@InvaderXan @anne @julia component upgrades get real weird with computers. it might be possible to have an upgradable cpu chassis (facebook is working on a generic plug for "AI" accelerators...) but usually the address bus and mobo stuff has to be designed FOR a particular chipset, like back when the extra power rails were added for bigger pentiums, you would have a hard time being forward compatible to that.
It's not unrelated to the way I don't understand why an app like Tootdon needs 109.6 MB of storage space on my phone. Like, is using that much space really necessary?
Sorry, this is a total tangent, but a friend did some cool work with atomic force microscopy - molecules that looked just like DFT predicted - so I printed him up some of his data. It's fun visualizing actual data!
Oh, that is so cool! I was always amazed at the way AFM can give you a picture of an actual molecule...
The noisy one is so noisy because (technique introduced in this paper!) it's time-resolved: you can bang the molecule, then measure it a selected number of picoseconds later to see how it wobbles. Very cool stuff. He's now setting up his own lab in the US.
Oh wow, it gives vibrational data too? By physically inducing the vibrations? Very neat. Hmmm... I think a few people in my institute might work on something similar.
Boo to paywalls. I'll take a look when I'm next on campus!
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