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Steve Jobs Or Bill Gates

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Pseudoscience

Steve Jobs undoubtedly the one and only architect who gave technology an artistic edge. Apples innovative design, user interface, and ecosystem make it a titan in any category it enters. For him Apple rose to its current heights from the brink of bankruptcy. He was great. Steve Jobs has likely been our generation’s most important idol in the world of business and technology. But Steve Jobs is not the most important leader from the world of business or technology except gadget .While Jobs should be who MBAs and industrial designers try to emulate, I’m not sure he’s who we should idolize. That respect should be bestowed on someone we talk less and less about, Bill Gates.

Both Jobs and Gates had immeasurable impacts on the world. Apple ushered in the era of personal computing in many respects. Microsoft’s platform made it possible for a generation of computer scientists to learn and flourish. Apple seems to have perfected the art of delivering fantastic consumer products. Microsoft has worked diligently to make the enterprise more and more efficient.

Steve made computers usable and elegant, rather than forbidding and awkward but without Jobs, there would still be personal computers, and they would be used to the same extent they are today. Jobs didn’t invent the personal computer; he refined it made it elegant. The same holds true for the other great products he oversaw. There were MP3 players before the iPod, smart phones before the iPhone, and tablet computers before the iPad. He refined them and made more elegant , hip and well marketed .But even without him, the technologies would exist, even if not in the form they have today.

Gates did similar work at Microsoft. The products he created weren’t as elegant, weren’t as refined, weren’t as hip, and weren’t as well-marketed. But even more than Jobs, he brought computing to the masses. Over the years, far more people around the world have used Microsoft products than have used Apple products. That continues today.

Jobs made the world more beautiful and the billion of us with resources loved him for it. Gates is making the world ideal and the billions of us with no voice will be forever impacted. Steve Jobs lived his life on his terms, Bill Gates living on industries’ terms.

While you might disagree with that claim, a quick reference of Google trends shows that since leaving Microsoft, Bill Gates star has dramatically faded — and in 2010 was eclipsed by that of Jobs.

But really speaking, Does trends and analytics matter when you choose your role model?

So while Jobs will likely be remembered as technology’s greatest innovator, with good reason, Gates will be remembered as having a far greater impact on people’s lives.

Ref: Computerworld, HBR, MIT Sloan , LBS BSR.

 

Time Machine Part 1

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Pseudoscience

 

 

If we can control gravity with a device, then we can actually control time, as well, and that could lead to a machine,” he said. The force of gravity is actually the bending of empty space, and the energy of light can create gravity, therefore light can potentially manipulate time, he explained.

Mallett’s idea for a machine involves using a circulating light beam with a series of mirrors, that can twist empty space. According to Einstein, if you bend space, then you bend time. “If I twist space, I can twist the line of time into a loop,” connecting the past to the future, he said. When a person travels back to the past, they will have altered the past, so the future may not play out in the way the way it originally did. This is known as the ‘Butterfly Effect’ where some little thing leads to a chain of reactions that alters the future, he detailed.

A time machine could only travel as far back as when the machine was first turned on. So for instance, if a machine was invented this year, time travelers from 2030 could only travel as far back as 2011, he continued. One of the more practical and important uses for time travel would be to send information back in time, rather than a person– like an early warning device for earthquakes or tsunamis that could save the lives of thousands of people, Mallett noted. He also touched on the time travel work of other scientists including Kip Thorne, who looks at using wormholes to create a path to the past, and Richard Gott, who theorizes about ‘cosmic strings.

 

The Idea Of The Machine

This machine uses a ring laser and the theory of relativity. Mallett first argued that the ring laser would produce a limited amount of frame-dragging which might be measured experimentally, saying: In Einstein’s general theory of relativity, both matter and energy can create a gravitational field. This means that the energy of a light beam can produce a gravitational field. My current research considers both the weak and strong gravitational fields produced by a single continuously circulating unidirectional beam of light. In the weak gravitational field of a unidirectional ring laser, it is predicted that a spinning neutral particle, when placed in the ring, is dragged around by the resulting gravitational field.

In a later paper, he argued that at sufficient energies, the circulating laser might produce not just frame-dragging but also closed timelike curves, allowing time travel into the past: For the strong gravitational field of a circulating cylinder of light, I have found new exact solutions of the Einstein field equations for the exterior and interior gravitational fields of the light cylinder. The exterior gravitational field is shown to contain closed timelike lines. The presence of closed timelike lines indicates the possibility of time travel into the past. This creates the foundation for a time machine based on a circulating cylinder of light.

Funding for his program, now known as The Space-time Twisting by Light (STL) project, is progressing. Full details on the project, Mallett’s theories, a list of upcoming public lectures and links to popular articles on his work can be found at the professor’s UConn web page, and an illustration showing the concept on which Mallett has designed the time machine can be seen on a Geocities webpage.