jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2007

The Matrix can help us to conquest the space (part one)

There are three main issues that we as species must work really hard in parallel, the first one and most important is the eradication of poverty, then come the global climate change and the third one is the space's conquest [1], in this post I will put my thoughts about the third issue. There are some problems that cannot be solved with the currently technology (I mean hardware and software), we need more powerful and intelligence computers.

Lets begin with the hardware, I read [2] that Gordon Moore (co-founder of Intel) told to the BBC that Moore's Law (the number of transistors on a chip doubles about every two years [3]) will only continue from another decade, that put us a limit despite the currently amazing technology that we have, for example the Dual-Core Intel has more than 1,000,000,000 transistors in a single microprocessor [3] (AMD is doing a good job too), that mean it is capable of processing and enormous quantity of data (information), but some problems might take years to be solved because of the limitations of the bits ("1" or "0"), for that reason the smart people came up with the qubits [4] ("1" or "0" or both at the same time) this is known as quantum computer, and will be able to work through many problems and achive their solutions simultaneously, so with that type of hardware we can make software with incredible artificial intelligence (AI) features. That is exactly what we need to conquest the space, those softwares could be embedded in the spacecrafts, many devices and in the robots.

Robots must be autonomous because they will have to deal with a lot of problems in the space conquest, they will help us giving solutions (with AI complex algorithms using qubits instead of the classical bits), like fixing some problem in the spacecraft, monitoring the environment, programing a new software (because there is a new requirement), building facilities, almost dealing with all the tasks. I think robots, softwares and hardwares will merge into the famous Matrix [5] that will help us, imagine travelling months, years that will be very stressful for the humans, so lets use the Matrix.

I will explain more about the Matrix's job in another post.

[1] http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Global_Space_Exploration/
[2] http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7080772.stm
[3] http://www.intel.com/technology/mooreslaw/index.htm
[4] http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7085019.stm
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Matrix

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