These are the stories I was going to discuss in tonight’s show until I decided it was too late to finish my preparations. I’ve condensed my thoughts on the couple that I did have fleshed out notes and added some quick thoughts to the other two stories.
- A “photon machine gun” could improve scale of quantum computers
This is some very early theoretical work that could overcome one of the current limits of quantum computers, the register size. By shining light on a specially prepared quantum dot, these researchers believe they can produce chains of entangled photons between twelve and twenty particles in size.
- A not-for-profit model to a micro blogging infrastructure
Ethan Zuckerman of the Berkman Center points to a WP op-ed by Bo Peabody where he offers some thoughts on why it simply may not be possible to commercialize social networks. In discussing this with some friends, recently, I tend to think that the quality of ubiquity may actually chart out more of a continuum, that the more ubiquitous and unpredictable information in a tool, the harder advertising will be as Bo suggests but that there are examples backing off from that where ads can be made attractive to sponsors.
- Using machine intelligence to compose music
At Ars Jacqui Cheung describes some fascinating research being done by David Cope at UCSD. I particularly enjoy how Cope was inspired to come from another discipline, music, into machine intelligence. He seems to bring some unique and useful perspectives with him as a consequence.
- Open source not welcome in Palm app store
This story was actually covered a variety of places over the course of last week. jwz has been presented with a series of nonsensical conditions and policies making it impractical for him to distribute the ports of some of his existing work to WebOS. Between this story and the problems between Google and cyanogen over his Android distribution, it is looking like none of the major commercial smart phone platforms are very open source friendly, despite predictions around Android and WebOS at the outset. At least we still have some other options, like Maemo.