Target: IBM’s Nanotube Technology.
Target Cue: Describe the most important aspects of IBM’s nanotube technology, including a superior one that enables operation by human volition alone.
Monitor: Jerry Harthcock
I was blind to the target and the cue. The monitor (Jerry) was semi-frontloaded: He chose the target and created the cue.
Researchers at IBM’s Watson Research Center in New York have created working computer chips from carbon nanotubes with a density of one billion transistors per square centimeter. The new nanotube chips process data many times faster than silicon transistors. The scientists say the chips should be available for commercial use in about 7 years.
In this session, I am tasked to describe the nanotube, which I identified as a “nanite.” I received data about technological advances involving “cracking through” a very thin, string-like substance to find the process for “programing atoms.” The idea of a “conscious machine” came through (i.e., a machine that can think), and the phrase “like a Terminator.”
Toward the end of the session, I was drawn to two aspects of this target. First the “breakthrough” of creating the new technology, which was very exciting to me. I wanted to participate in that discovery. The second aspect was the application of the discovery. That part made me feel uneasy. However, despite my foreboding, it seemed that I was perceiving a technological inevitability.