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IBM Builds the World’s Tiniest Nanophotonic Switch

By John | March 17, 2008

What’s funny is that I was just swapping war stories about switches at the Ruby Meetup with a gentleman named Jim Steiner. Jim has about 15+ years on me and, like me, has done everything from mop floors to program the hideous RPG machines. He was telling me that, when he was in high school in the early 1960s, he was fascinated by the the idea of building his own computer. So, he put a design on paper to build a computer that would always win at Tic-Tac-Tow. However, he needed switches, which were not easy to come by in 1962. Being the cleaver soul that he is, however, he found a junk yard near his house that had a bunch of old pin ball machines. He was able to salvage the switches out of the old pin ball machines to use in his little Tic-Tac-Tow computer. The ironic thing is he entered it into his state science fair and lost to some stupid volcano. Man, he was way to ofar ahead of his time. Anyway, reading all this cool stuff that IBM is doing, I guess I have to say, “Jim, we have come a long way.”

IBM Builds the World’s Tiniest Nanophotonic Switch

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