Sony has unveiled it’s razor-thin bendable OLED display technology at an academic symposium in Long Beach, California, for the Society for Information Display this week, the Japanese electronics and entertainment company said. OLED also delivers a bright 1,000:1 contrast ratio for the small screen area and provides near-instant response times for video. This all is achieved with a panel only 0.3mm (0.01 inches) thick at its bulkiest point, Sony boasts. The combination of Sony’s organic thin film transistor, or TFT, technology which is required to make flexible displays, with organic electroluminescent display technology yields one possibility for flexible display technology to become reality. This definitely marks a breakthrough since you could wear it on your wrist like a watch or on your clothes and you can even drop it without fear of it breaking.
A recent article on PBS’s website has raised an interesting scenario about Google’s inevitable fall.
The idea of a company beating Microsoft was in Bill Gates’ mind back in the 1990’s. Gates himself predicted the inevitable rise of a company, yet to be founded, to threaten Microsoft. He had the right idea. But what is going to make Google fall?
Some pundits are suggesting that the 80/20 rule that Google encourages it’s employee’s to adopt could be the catalyst. Google wants it’s talented people to spend 20% of their time on personal projects that might help themselves or others and don’t we all wish we were able to have this opportunity. Well the more Google rejects the ideas that come out of this 20% of time, the more people may feel the need to rebel and get out of the Google umbrella so that they can pursue their entrepreneurial goals and ideas. Perhaps Google is encouraging people with the 20% play time but they may not realize what effect it could have in the long run.
As with other large companies, Google also provides everything to their employees for free, further pushing their employees to work even more than others would. By design each worker is no more than 100 feet from a bathroom or food or drink and it’s all free. You don’t have to leave to get lunch, a snack or whatever. With the extra time, people goof off, bond, brainstorm on the pet projects which Google and others leverage. The only thing Google doesn’t do is provide their technical people with guaranteed sense of satisfaction since 99.75 of the pet projects have been REJECTED by the company.
Consider these issues along with Google’s 4-yr stock vesting policy for employees, and Google could end up with even more dissatisfaction from those people who decided to move on before the vest period. In any high-tech company there is an employee change of attitude that comes with being fully vested. At Microsoft in the 1980s some people wore buttons that said “FYIFV,” which stood for “F**k You I’m Fully Vested.” At companies that have gone public, as Google has, there is often also an outflow of employees around that four-year anniversary. Google has even made it easier for its employees to leave the company by instituting a program in partnership with Morgan Stanley where Google employees can sell their vested, but unexercised stock options.
With hundreds — and soon thousands — of Google employees vested and solvent, we’ll shortly see a dribble, then a river, then a flood of former Google employees with time, money, and experience, and some of them will have the drive to realize the dreams of those thousands of ideas that were rejected by their former company.
With the vast number of physicists attempting to prove String and M-Theory, there are a few who believe the reason why those two theories will prove elusive to confirm is because there are possibly more than one dimensions related to Time. So you’re probably thinking that this is way out there, and I do agree. I try to keep up to date on such scientific news due to the fact that these ideas represent the thoughts of many who believe that there is more than just the laws that we know. In a way Bhuddist scholars and philosophists have been insisting this for long time, like Alan Watts. Understanding things or everything, in my opinion, is the very implication of Bhuddist and other eastern philosophies.
By trying to understand more than just what we see, in a way we come closer to understanding our own nature as in the fact that our own materialistic bodies and objects derive from this universe we live in.
And whether it’s a Bhuddist monk or a world reknowned applied physicists, why shouldn’t we seek to gain knowledge. Gaining knowledge has improved the quality of our lives throughout time, seeking this physical knowledge and even deeper spirituality should be at the core of all of us, regardless of what faith you follow, it’s universally applicable. Hopefully in our own evolution we can seek knowledge in peace and harmony rather than violence and chaos (another core idealogy from eastern philosophies).
US Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have been observing a star cluster CL0024+17 which is approximately 5 billion light years from Earth and running repeaded simulations to show that the observations yield the best proof to date of the existance of dark matter. Dark matter, a mysterious substance believed to make up more than a quarter of the universe and is suspected to be the glue that holds entire gallaxies together, is usually impossible to see directly. Light bending measurements from areas suspected of dark matter in the past have given indirect proof of dark matter. Now scientists believe they have lucked out with the perfect timing.
Check out more at the physorg.com site.