Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week it’s Japanese researchers tacking orders of magnitude greater performance onto solid state computer memory (SSD), and Panasonic has gone public with its plans to be the sole battery provider for the awesomely sexy Tesla Motors’ electric automobiles...which, technically and unfortunately, still run on fossil fuels.
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Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
It’s already Friday west of the international dateline – here in Japan, it’s totally the future. The weekly JTFF is our somewhat Technosnarky coverage of 2-5 particularly important, specifically Japan-related tech stories. Get yourself hip to the micro & macro that went down while North America was sleeping – check in with Akihabara News every Friday morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.
:: JTFF – May 23, 2014 ::
• Japanese Researchers Claim Huge Speed & Energy Usage Advances in Solid State Disks or Drives Depending on Who’s Doing the Asking/Talking (aka, SSD)
A team of researchers from prestigious Chuo - which means “central,” just sayin - University here in Tokyo claim to have devised a method for dramatically increasing the performance of solid state disks, AKA, discs with no moving parts, AKA, flash memory - the kind found in every single memory card, smartphone, tablet, and MacBook Air, for example, ever made. While it’s not a working, immediately applicable, done deal just yet, if proven roundly effective and implementable, it would increase SSD drives’ speed by 300% and decrease energy consumption by 60%, which, for an already speedy and relatively efficient memory system, would be totally badass.
[SSD DRIVES TO GET GIANT UPGRADE - POCKETLINT.COM]
• Panasonic Firming Up Plans to be Tesla’s Exclusive Battery Provider
Long before the JTFF began delivering technological smartassery from the future - back in 2010 - AkihabaraNews reported on the Panasonic/Tesla romance, which at the time was a $30 million investment deal from the former to the latter. Then, as reported by the JTFF in March, the two were teaming up to build a $1 billion battery factory in the U.S. And now, as Panasonic remains firmly committed to the upstart-yet-hardly-a-startup Tesla Motors, hopes and intentions for the Japanese firm to be Tesla’s sole battery provider have gone full-public. So cool, well done. International industrial and economic collaboration is great, and electric cars a good step. But...
While electric cars really are all fine and good, and Teslas are awesome, and Elon Musk is one of the coolest humans ever, when the topic comes up, even among we pseudo-journalists, integrity should demand the following statement:
MOST ELECTRICITY STILL COMES FROM FOSSIL FUELS SO ELECTRIC VEHICLES CURRENTLY DO A NET NOTHING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT PLUS MAKING THOSE BATTERIES ISN'T EXACTLY A CLEAN INDUSTRY SO LET'S PUT SOME EFFORT INTO THOSE TOO, HUH?
Seriously, we keyboard pounders have to shine some light on the fact that electric cars are not a panacea; NAY!, they remain by-proxy gas guzzlers! Japan’s a great example: there’s no nuclear power generation going on here (pre-Tohoku Disaster it was about 33%), and as a result, Japan is now buying actual boatloads more natural gas and coal for electricity production...which would be used to charge electric cars. So, it’s no surprise that the country’s backed off commitments to its namesake Kyoto Protocol. Which means, as the JTFF has long suspected: hard of thinking classic and neo-hippies, whose anti-nuclear efforts here in Japan have resulted in an almost immediate and marked increase in the consumption of fossil fuels, are to blame for pretty much all of industrial society's ills. Kisses!
[PANASONIC WANTS TO BE TESLA’S BFF BATTERY PROVIDER FOREVER - REUTERS]
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.