Thursday, December 09, 1999

A Letter ("Life Beyond the Abacus") in response to "I.B.M. Plans...

Resurrected another old letter of mine that was published in the Times. Here it is...

My Letter:
Life Beyond the Abacus
Published: December 9, 1999
SECTION: Section A; Page 26; Column 6; Editorial Desk
To the Editor:
I.B.M.'s new Blue Gene project (''I.B.M. Plans Supercomputer That Works at the Speed of Life,'' Business Day, Dec. 6) highlights the degree to which molecular biology, driven by the genome project, has become an information science in need of a large amount of information processing. It also underscores how many of the major computational applications and challenges in science are increasingly coming from the life sciences rather than from the more traditional quantitative disciplines in the physical sciences.
New Haven, Dec. 7, 1999

Article Commented on:
I.B.M. Plans a Supercomputer That Works at the Speed of Life
Published: December 6, 1999
Two years ago, when an I.B.M. supercomputer known as Deep Blue beat the world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, it seemed a confirmation of the computer age, a triumph of machine over man. Today, the International Business Machines Corporation is announcing a five-year, $100 million program to build a supercomputer whose ambitions dwarf Deep Blue -- a machine whose purpose is to serve man by shedding light on the inner workings of life...

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