The Daily Flash -Eco, Space, Tech (6/28)

BILTON-popup  Roll-Up Computers and Their Kin

“The paper book is dead,” says the digital visionary Nicholas Negroponte. So what’s next for these digital book replacements? Will the e-reader be reduced to a tiny chip that can be implanted in our retina by 2015? Not quite, but those who think a lot about the future say e-readers are set to take on new shapes and sizes, and their prices will continue to fall. One Laptop Per Child, has developed a slate computer set to be released in 2012 that will cost less than $100. Plastic and, he said, unbreakable, the computer will resemble the iPad and will “use so little power you should be able to shake it or wind it up to give it power.” Some computer developers envision tablet computers so flexible that you will literally be able to roll them up and slip them in your bag or pocket — just as you would do with a newspaper or magazine today — and then unfurl them on the train. The military is helping lead the way to that future. Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center is working with the United States Army to build flexible, nonbreakable screens and devices for use on the battlefield.

Googleplex Russia Looks to Build Next Silicon Valley

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev wrapped up his whirlwind tour of Silicon Valley last week, succeeding in wrangling a $1 billion, decade-long commitment from Cisco, including promises to make Skolkovo a “smarter city” (or “Smart+Connected Community” in Cisco parlance), creating a second headquarters for its emerging technologies group (based in Bangalore) and teaching Russian startups the ropes. Past “technopoles” made in Silicon Valley’s image, including Japanese and Korean “science cities,” research parks in Cambridge, Seville, Adelaide and Boston’s Route 128, and Russia’s Soviet-era effort to plant a “Silicon Forest” –Akademgorodok, aka “Academy Town,” which never mounted a serious challenge to Silicon Valley's supremacy. 

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