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Intel's Vision of Programmable Matter

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A new video report by CNN reveals a very interesting concept being explored by researchers at Intel known as "programmable matter". 

Currently the technology of programmable matter is in the conceptual phase, but Intel's V.P. and Director of Research Andrew A. Chien has high expectations for the progression of the technology.

The CNN video features 3D representations on how manipulating scale models of actual objects could be utilized, and then continues into concepts surrounding the real-time manipulation of actual consumer products such as bluetooth headsets.  Chien specifically comments on how nice it would be to conform a bluetooth headset to a proper fit when a pair of glasses were worn.

So what are the odds of such an odd technology becoming reality?  Well, according to Chien "we are definitely on the edge of discovery with this one."  Interesting to say the least!

You can catch the video over at Youtube by clicking here.

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    Blessedman , March 4, 2009 11:31 PM
    Are we not already approaching the manipulation of atoms? I mean the pathways in current CPU's are approaching lining up atoms?
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    SamanuelMC , March 4, 2009 11:44 PM
    Seen the papers on this stuff on Intel's site about a year or so ago. Really cool stuff, if they could make this work. S@#! is gonna get nuts
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    RiotSniperX , March 4, 2009 11:51 PM
    Intel is trying to take over the earth >.<

    Its a cool idea, defenitly badass. Man soon, we'll be visiting ppl back in time, and crazy stuff like that. And its all gonna be run by a intel cpu -.- /joke
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    cryogenic , March 4, 2009 11:55 PM
    BlessedmanAre we not already approaching the manipulation of atoms? I mean the pathways in current CPU's are approaching lining up atoms?


    The gate oxide transistors on Intel's .45 nm process is just five atoms wide. You can easily google that.
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    sacre , March 5, 2009 3:09 AM
    bah, this is basically Quantum computing, we've already made 7 atoms capable of calculating simple mathematics. A University team already programmed 32 bits on 1 electron.

    Quantum computer is the future, CPU's would be so small they would need an outside "box" to make them able to be handled. Apparently the "FBI/CIA" etc are very interested/worried about Quantum computer, According to scientists, all it takes it 27,000 atoms to break ALL codes in the world. some bs like dat
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    zodiacfml , March 5, 2009 4:15 AM
    just not possible even in a decade. i rather see developments in laser 3d printing.
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    lamorpa , March 5, 2009 12:51 PM
    Please don't reprint information from CNN (or Discover for that matter). It does not help even the least scientific of your readers to see a piece about, "Intel is doing something or other with atoms or something and possibly shape-shifting or something, someday..."
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    aracheb , March 5, 2009 12:56 PM
    as cool as it sound i don't like the idea of changing the information of the matter..

    is easy to input some information to a piece of rock..
    telling half of it atom will alling as in the same way of TNT and half will be an ignition switch..
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    jonpaul37 , March 5, 2009 2:11 PM
    Does that mean i could program myself to look like Hillary Duff? Giggidy!
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    sacre , March 5, 2009 3:33 PM
    naw naw yall got the wrong idea, making an Atom into a gate is about all they're doing. It won't change the form or the way the atom acts, completely, If they do it on a Hydrogen atom, it will still be a hydrogen atom. Turning atoms into gates is a tough process that requires temperatures well below -100 celcius. Soon this will change, but I assure you they cannot grab a stick of TNT and program half of it to be a detonator, doesn't work that way
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    sacre , March 5, 2009 3:35 PM
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    naw naw yall got the wrong idea, making an Atom into a gate is about all they're doing. It won't change the form or the way the atom acts, completely, If they do it on a Hydrogen atom, it will still be a hydrogen atom. Turning atoms into gates is a tough process that requires temperatures well below -100 celcius. Soon this will change, but I assure you they cannot grab a stick of TNT and program half of it to be a detonator, doesn't work that way


    Ignore this, just watched the Video, this is a completely different topic lmao..
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    aracheb , March 5, 2009 3:50 PM
    sacrenaw naw yall got the wrong idea, making an Atom into a gate is about all they're doing. It won't change the form or the way the atom acts, completely, If they do it on a Hydrogen atom, it will still be a hydrogen atom. Turning atoms into gates is a tough process that requires temperatures well below -100 celcius. Soon this will change, but I assure you they cannot grab a stick of TNT and program half of it to be a detonator, doesn't work that way


    it was a joke.

    hehehe

    i know that wont be possible any time soon..
    i could be wrong base on the speed in which technology is advancing nowadays
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2009 4:36 PM
    well even if it is possible i don't seen to know how they might power whose things. the energy needed to operate such matter would be huge
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    gm0n3y , March 5, 2009 10:13 PM
    Since when does CNN actually have news stories? I thought it was just a political tabloid station.
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    sacre , March 5, 2009 10:19 PM
    arachebit was a joke.hehehei know that wont be possible any time soon..i could be wrong base on the speed in which technology is advancing nowadays


    i know lol, ignore my comments, i apparently was completely out of it, but .. hmm.. i wouldn't mind being a female for 1 day, would finally find out wh.. well, we shouldn't discuss this here.
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    jsloan , March 6, 2009 2:43 AM
    i cant wait til the geneticly modified monkeys take over.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2009 1:53 AM
    @ sacre, programmable matter is made using small artificial atoms that are significantly larger than natural atoms, but still work in the same way. Therefore, it is entirely possible for any of these objects to change their physical properties.