Friday, March 25, 2022
A SECRET INGREDIENT BEHIND THE TOOLS OF EXTENDED REALITY (XR)
Exponential growth of digital technology is currently the most important force behind the formidable tools that continually eXtend our Reality.
Moore's law, more than half a century ago, predicted the exponential growth in the number of transistors (and hence the power) that could be employed in a device. That means the transistors and the wiring must get smaller and smaller. There are 15,000,000,000 (15 Billion!) transistors in an iPhone 13.
How do they put all that stuff and all that wiring into a small phone that you can hold in your hand?
CNBC has just released a short (quite brilliant!) film that describes ASML (Advanced Semiconductor Materials Lithography) and the machines they make, that power the creation of computer chips.
Transistors are semiconductor devices... which are are wired into chips... on wafers... with ASMC's tools. The chips taken from the wafer are the electronic cores of everything from talking toys, to smart phones, to cars, to gaming consoles, to supercomputers, to rocket ships and telescopes in outer space. For example, the M1 chip that Apple designed is manufactured by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) which is a customer and part owner of ASML.
Here's a link to the CNBC video:
Here's a link to a Wikipedia article on ASML:
ASML - WIKIPEDIA
Here's a link to a Wikipedia article on computer chips (which they call "integrated circuits"):
INTEGRATED CIRCUITS - WIKIPEDIA
Here's a link to the introduction of the term "eXtended Reality (XR)":
INTRODUCING EXTENDED REALITY - QPORIT
Labels: Advanced Semiconductor Materials Lithography, Apple, ASML, chips, CNBC, computer chips, computers, eXtended Reality, semiconductors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, transistors, TSMC, wafers, XR
Wednesday, March 02, 2022
TRUMP, ALLIES, FRAUD, CONSPIRACY & 1/6 SELECT COMMITTEE FILING
According to the Washington Post, Lawyers for the Jan 6 Select Committee said in a court filing today they believed there is "good-faith" reason to believe that Trump and his allies committed crimes in attempting to block (now) President Biden from being certified as President Elect.
SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST (A subscription may be necessary to read the article.)
Labels: 1/6, 1/6 investigation, conspiracy, crimes, fraud, Jan 6 Select Committee
EXTENDED REALITY AND THEATER
How eXtended Reality (XR) Provides Creative New Opportunities for Theater.
And Vice Versa.
This Friday, (Mar 4, 2022) at 5 EST, I’ll be talking about eXtended Reality and Theater at Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU).
(TRU has been doing a terrific job of providing resources for theatrical writers and producers before and especially during the last two years of COVID. Aside from my talk, if you are interested in Theater, you might do well to look at what they are doing).
Here’s the notice:
Friday 3/4 - How eXtended Reality (XR) Provides Creative New Opportunities for Theater. And Vice Versa. In the room: Eric Roffman, futurist, producer/publisher of QPORIT, creator of an award winning multimedia game, founder of The American Film Magazine, PhD (theoretical physics), and pioneer of the Internet and XR.
Eric will explain the terms and the timeline for the interaction of XR with theater, separate the real from the hype and the branding, and clarify the sometimes hazy confusion that conceals a simple fact: digital technology is doubling in power and halving in size and cost every few years, affecting everything, including Theater.
Eric will discuss how much XR can offer theater, and why Theater, and those who create it, may have even more to contribute to XR. To register and receive the zoom link:
TRU SITE: https://truonline.org/
The talk is free, but TRU is supported by contributions and would appreciate a donation of $5 or more from non-members.
THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED
Labels: eXtended Reality, theater, Theater Resources Unlimited, TRU, XR
THREAT TO AGRICULTURE!
Congressman David Scott, Democrat from Georgia, and Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, commented today during the Hearing with the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Jerome H . Powell, that more than 66% of the world's fertilizer supplies and more than 25% of the world's wheat and corn come from Russia and the Ukraine.
Scott warned that if these supplies are cut off, there will be serious problems maintaining the food supply to the US and across the world.
Office of David Scott
The Federal Reserve
Labels: AGRICULTURE, Congressman David Scott, corn, fertilizer, Russia, THREAT, Ukraine, wheat