History of the ISA: Digital Equipment Corporation
ISAs come in several different flavours. Many are proprietary (think AMD), while others are paving the way for open source (think RISC-V). To help get a feel for what’s out there, here’s a brief primer on the history, evolution, and characteristics of a select few, starting with ISAs developed by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).
Would IBM’s Project Debater Win the AI Box Experiment?
This past week IBM’s Project Debater, an AI system, debated with Dan Zafrir and Noa Ovadia, humans, on the topics of government subsidy of space exploration, and telemedicine. Each participant provided an opening statement, a rebuttal, and concluding remarks. What was remarkable about Project Debater was that it was able to develop coherent arguments on topics and make jokes.
Precise Time-Keeping: The Crystal Oscillator, the Atomic Clock, and the Quantum Clock
Time is really important in electronics, being used in other measurements including the volt. Depending on the application, different ways of time-keeping may be required for electronic devices. Here’s a look at a few ways of time-keeping, and their applications.