Across the Metaverse

Have you heard about the “metaverse”? It’s the next new thing, according to Facebook founder-and-CEO-for-life Mark Zuckerberg. “Think about the metaverse as an embodied internet, where instead of just viewing content, you are in it,” he said recently as he announced the formation of a metaverse product group within the trillion-dollar social media colossus. So … Continue reading Across the Metaverse

Where do you go when the chips are down?

This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 9 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. TAIWAN LEADS THE WORLD in semiconductor manufacturing, with a single company – Taiwan SemiconductorManufacturing Company (TSMC) – accounting for an astonishing 55% of the world’s sales by revenue. That number alone confirms TSMC as the central … Continue reading Where do you go when the chips are down?

Snails carrying tiny computers solve survival mystery

Snails carrying the world’s smallest computers on their shells have helped explain the mystery of their own survival against all odds. The Society Islands of the South Pacific, a lush tropical archipelago forming part of French Polynesia, were once home to at least 61 species of tree snail. But after the giant African land snail … Continue reading Snails carrying tiny computers solve survival mystery

Listen to Alan Turing’s computer music

Alan Turing. Fine Art Images / Heritage Images / Getty Images A pair of New Zealand researchers restored the first recording of computer generated music – a 1951 BBC recording of a tune made by one of Alan Turing’s computers. Alan Turing is best known for the role he played breaking the Nazi’s Enigma code in WWII, which … Continue reading Listen to Alan Turing’s computer music