Posted by: danreich | April 30, 2008

Rocks, Paper, Scissors….Memristor?

Consider the game of Rocks, Paper, Scissor. Three components. Three pieces that make up a rather historical game. What if a fourth component was introduced to the game? What would that fourth component look like, and what would its properties be. Wouldn’t this drastically alter the way the game is played?

Yes.

This is happening now in the world of electronics and circuits and stands to revolutionize an entire set of rules. What was once three fundamental devices (resistor, capacitor, and inductor), now has a fourth family member called the memristor.

Basically, this new device remembers how much charge was passed through, either forwards or backwards. Disregarding all the technical jargon, I wonder how this will effect chip manufacturing and design. 

Might the smallest invention or innovation ultimately have the most profound effect? 

There is simply nothing like true innovation.

What happens if you play Rocks, Paper, Scissors, _____________? Try it.

 

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Responses

  1. thats pretty awesome, I need to get over to HP Labs one day …ever since HP bought Voodoo I hear they also have video game sessions Wednesday afternoons at the Palo Alto campus

  2. And if you do go over to the lab, you must take pictures. I wonder how good those gamers are. Probably embarrassingly .


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