“We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.” – Bill Vaughan
All life on Earth is insects. Statistically speaking, there are so many different species of insects on this planet that all other forms of life – mammals, birds, viruses, plants, algae, you name it – are collectively all just a rounding … Read More → "How the Mighty Have Grown"
You’ve driven it for a decade or more. It’s taken you on-road and off-road. It’s brought you to the corner store and across the country. It’s got over 200,000 miles on it, and it’s still running fine. The thing is, you know you’re going to need to upgrade one of these days. Will the car die and force you into a decision? Or will … Read More → "Silicon Jersey Barriers"
I am revisiting the subject of a couple of articles. We publish stories about things that we feel are interesting and important, but, in most cases, they are only snapshots of an evolving process. So, today, I thought it was worth looking at two subjects where the evolution is particularly rapid.
I originally wrote about RISC-V last December. RISC-V is an open-instruction-set architecture (ISA), originally from Berkeley. … Read More → "Update Time: What Happened Next?"
He looked nervously around the bar as we chatted, probably hoping to see nobody he recognized. We weren’t exactly handing off nuclear codes or kompromat dossiers, but I could tell he didn’t want to be seen talking to me (the press) nonetheless. “We switched PCB layout tools two years ago,” he quietly explained – his eyes continuing to dart toward the door. “So far, it’s been working … Read More → "Cloaks and Daggers and Logic Probes"
Building a pyramid takes a very long time and a huge number of people. The first stones are the foundation, of course, and, as the layers slowly increase, those seminal pieces are often buried and forgotten – deep inside the ever-evolving structure. Ever so quietly, they continue their duties, even as they and those who placed them fade from memory.
Our technological pyramid isn’ … Read More → "Pyramid or House of Cards"
“Zealots assume the last 5% of their plan will be taken care of by their own greatness or momentum or divinity.” – Keith Olbermann
What do the Golden State Warriors and Imagination Technologies have in common?
No, wait… that’s not right. The Warriors have momentum and Imagination… just doesn’t. While some b-ballers have the hot hands, Imagination can’t seem … Read More → "Want to Buy a Processor Architecture?"