Hacking Matter: Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, And The Infinite Weirdness Of Programmable Atoms

Hacking Matter Levitating Chairs Quantum Mirages And The Infinite Weirdness Of Programmable Atoms Programmable matter is probably not the next technological revolution nor even perhaps the one after that But it s coming and when it does it will change our lives as much as any invention ever has

  • Title: Hacking Matter: Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, And The Infinite Weirdness Of Programmable Atoms
  • Author: Wil McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780465044290
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Programmable matter is probably not the next technological revolution, nor even perhaps the one after that But it s coming, and when it does, it will change our lives as much as any invention ever has Imagine being able to program matter itself to change it, with the click of a cursor, from hard to soft, from paper to stone, from fluorescent to super reflective to invisiProgrammable matter is probably not the next technological revolution, nor even perhaps the one after that But it s coming, and when it does, it will change our lives as much as any invention ever has Imagine being able to program matter itself to change it, with the click of a cursor, from hard to soft, from paper to stone, from fluorescent to super reflective to invisible Supported by organizations ranging from Levi Strauss and IBM to the Defense Department, solid state physicists in renowned laboratories are working to make it a reality In this dazzling investigation, Wil McCarthy visits the laboratories and talks with the researchers who are developing this extraordinary technology, describes how they are learning to control it, and tells us where all this will lead The possibilities are truly astonishing.

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    1. This is a book about leading edge scientific research into quantum dots and artificial matter. Like all books of this sort, technology rapidly catches up and since this book was written in 2003 that has happened here to some degree. Although the bulk of the book is still speculation, there is some discussion about things like LED lighting that are now common place. Most of the authors ideas seem to neglect the fact that even if you can make a large array of programmable matter quantum dots, you [...]

    2. This popular science book focused very tightly on quantum dots, also called artificial atoms. It provided a solid build up - beginning with high-school level science to being able to reasonably understand how odd these things are and the significance of how that oddity fits with the current technology of today. He wandered through meeting with different cutting edge scientists. Then McCarthy took off into the maybes and might-bes of how the technology could influence the future. He added a littl [...]

    3. A good introduction to the possible future applications of programmable matter and quantum physics applied to technology in general for those who might have heard of such things before. It makes for an interesting read but the non-physics and/or computer minded need not bother.

    4. Definitely a worthwhile read. I never really understood what quantum dots were but after reading this I have a newfound appreciation for both what they are (artificial atoms) and the kind of opportunities they offer.

    5. I thought this would be a fascinating pop science book about the applications of this new century's cutting edge technologies. Instead, "levitating chairs" are covered in one phrase of one sentence in the book. "Quantum mirages" are covered in two sentences. The entire rest of the book consists of as heavy physics descriptions as you can get without including mathematical equations. Will be mostly impenetrable for casual readers.Kind of sad that none of the possibilities dreamed of by these scie [...]

    6. I genuinely enjoyed reading Hacking Matter. The language was complicated, but attempting to decipher McCarthy’s meaning was a challenge I relished. Reading his vision for the future, one of glowing cities and homes that are electrically self-sufficient, renewed my interest in physics and engineering. I became excited about the future again. I also appreciated the tone McCarthy used when discussing quantum dots. Using phrases like, “Their finding: much weirdness,” and “Alchemist Roger Bac [...]

    7. This is heady stuff, but the science may fly over the heads of many (myself included) at least part of the time. A knowledge of physics and electronics is helpful. This is not nanotechnology he's writing about, which funcions on a mechanical model, this is quantum dot technology, which attempts to harness the mind-warping physics of Eistein and beyond. Short book, imaginative and informative.

    8. Well, can you say pretty paint. That's what the quantum dots have been used for, mostly in biological dies. I can't find any further evidence of the wellstone of quantum technology. Though I find the research aspects of the quantum wells fascinating.

    9. The technology described in this book is super cool, creating materials using silicon chips. Who knows if this will ever come to fruition, but if it did we could have super-efficient solar cells and highly energy efficient buildings and homes.

    10. This is all about quantum dots ( which I think should be called quantum cells ) and it doesn't skip on details

    11. Fun stuff. I think the book did a good job of explaining both the basic science (for those of us who don't do this on a daily basis) and the ideas behind the quantum dots.

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