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Yes, I'm slowly working my way through my notes from the IEEE Electron Device Meeting. One of the more interesting sessions (session 18, for those with access to the proceedings) detailed the emergence of applications for organic semiconductors. It turns out that some applications do not benefit from smaller devices, smaller areas, and all the traditional advantages of integrated circuit scaling. For example, displays are easier to read if they are larger. More exotic applications, like medical dressings with embedded sensors, have form factors defined by the application itself. A surgical incision is the size that it is, regardless of whether sub-90 nm circuit technology is used. Organic semiconductors are making inroads because of their flexibility and low cost, in spite of their modest computing capabilities.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Nutritional counseling and regular blood sugar monitoring can help prevent complications of diabetes, saving thousands of dollars in costs down the road. Yet insurance coverage of preventive care is poor to nonexistent. It's easier to get coverage for a $30,000 foot amputation than a $75 visit to a nutritionist. Is it any wonder health care costs are out of control?
The strange dance between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs is sort of like dating. Everybody wants to put their best foot forward, and just about everybody lies. Guy Kawaski offers a useful guide to the top ten lies told by entrepreneurs and VCs.
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