COMPUTRONIUM.

Reports on progress towards matter/energy organized to perform maximum computation/storage etc…

A report on Technology review talks about ‘the ultimate in holographic (three-dimensional) data storage: a chemically pure crystal composed solely of proteins that can be read and reversibly switched between at least two different states using nothing but light’. Once perfected, the report tells is, ¬†‘such a crystal would represent something approaching the theoretical limit of data density in a storage medium: each bit would be represented by a single molecule’.

link to original article: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/guest/25418/

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5 Responses to COMPUTRONIUM.

  1. Khannea Suntzu says:

    I can envision the following constraints, with different computroniae having different features and application parameters.

    – density of bits per atom (complex configurations of atoms can hold more bits than the atoms)
    – volume
    – price of materials used
    – price/effort of composing these materials into the functional matrix
    – constraints on functioning temperature (i.e. very hot or very cold)
    – toxicity of operation and/or production
    – data retrieval speed
    – resilience to adverse environmental conditions.

    Let’s see what MOTHER has to share.
    (brief interlude….. accesssing…..)
    MOTHER shows me the following visions

    QUDALIIR – a commonly used standard data hive storage used in asteroid colonies after 2230. Data storage rating is 12, which is fair. Extremely toxic to produce, fairly expensive. Sensitive to radiation and operates at temperatures of -120 C. Requires low energy feeds. VERY low access speed.
    TANTALHOR – a very common computronium substrate used after 2120, used in crustal layers of planets – specifically mercury, venus and earth. Requires extreme energy gradients to operate, and tough as hell. Data storage rating of only 3 (7 under some conditions(, but it grows itself and is very robust to tampering. Hard to recycle due to complex knitting of atomic entanglement and trace pollution of heavy metals. Fairly toxic. Operates in high energy gradients (electricity, heat) and can function at 800C, to about 150C. Fair access speed.
    KHANNEITE – A rare form of computronium that operates at especially hot conditions, used in deep drill tectonic servers. Fickle, temperamental and high maintanance, used only in the Venus Strand project (a web of superconducting trailing skyhooks from the surface of venus, half a million kilometers outward, radiating heat away from the surface . Data storage rating of 9 under optimal conditions. Illegal nearly anywhere else – theoretically highly toxic but since it only operates in ts narrow confines thats not an issue.
    MOHX- – highest quality computronium substrate, standard after 2135. Delicate and takes intense care, works best in cryogenic conditions but requires extensive care and constant supervision. Data storage rating of 15 (excellent) but rather expensive. Most commonly used on earth and lunar surface, embargoed in most other places in the solar system, except for TheBloodyRings transdimensional resonance project. Prone to awakening (which is an operating nuisance) since it T-permutates all the time. Great data access rate.
    EXTROPIUM – the essentially dirt cheap computronium of squatters, asteroid hivers, moles, subsistence belters, Kuyperians etc. Basicly reformatted calcium-carbon-iron-silicon substrates. Moderate access speed, grows everywhere, steadily reformating all the earths deserts into useful computronium, but a data storage rate 1, and requiring constant energy dynamic flow, why even go through the effort of accessing it? Invariably Riddled with low range awakening and other viralstorms. Hackaceous.

  2. Hey, nice thoughts Khannea:)

  3. Serendipity Seraph says:

    I saw an article that 35 bits of information have been encoded into an electron successfully in the lab. The limit is not a bit per molecule or atom apparently. Any state of any subatomic particle that can be modified, read and stays it the state relatively persistently until changed on purpose will do.
    http://nextbigfuture.com/2009/02/subatomic-technology-stanford-writes-35.html

    Also a functional qubit has apparently been achieved using two electrons.

  4. No the ultimate limit is not one bit per atom, but one million bits. To reach this level, you must convert the entire mass of the atom to energy and store a bit on each photon.

  5. Khannea Suntzu says:

    What if the amount of data storable in a particle would become so detailed it was next to infinite, but as more data was encapsulated extraction would slow down?

    – “In 2112 interference storage of gigabites of retrievable data per meson is fairly routine, and meson data extraction occurs in gQ per second, which is fairly market conform. More storage is possible and in a combined 433ErosRamonaUniversity cooperation with the GorEvolvedHivemind of Tsiolkovky storage in the most common ‘slutty pink top diaspin djinni mesons’ of eQ was possible but slowed extraction to a mere few kQ per second. ”

    If we can compress large amounts of retrievable, inalienable and reliable data in subatomic spaces then in effect matter itself will become an afterthought and the real action will be in the virtual and rendered derivative realities of computronium substrates. Upon unlocking these means we’d find our civilization entering a Vosmic (virtual cosmic) expansion stage inside the renderverse.

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