Reflections of Fidel
President for the
(Taken from CubaDebate)
A well known European agency transmitted the news
the day before yesterday from Sydney, Australia. "A
group of Australian investigators from the
University of New South Wales announced the creation
of a wire 10,000 times thinner than a human hair,
with the same electrical current carrying capability
"... Bent Weber, head of the project at the
Australian university, in an article published by
Science magazine, explained, "Interconnecting
wiring of this scale will be vital for the
development of future atomic-scale electronic
"The wire was created by Australian and U.S.
physicists by precisely placing chains of phosphorus
atoms within a silicon crystal, just four atoms wide,
one atom tall.
"This finding is essential to the international
race to develop the first quantum computer, super-fast
machines capable of processing enormous quantities
of data in a few seconds, doing complex calculations
which would take current computers years or even
"In a traditional copper wire, electricity flows
as copper electrons move along the conductor, but as
the wire or conductor becomes smaller, resistance to
the flow of electricity is greater.
"To overcome this problem Weber and his team used
a process called scanning tunneling microscopy which
allowed them to place atomically thin layers of
phosphorus in silicon crystals.
"This allowed the nanowire to function like
copper, with the electrons flowing easily, without
resistance problems. Weber said that with this
technique makes possible reducing the size of
components to the atomic level.
"If the semi-conductor industry continues to
miniaturise devices then eventually they will reach
the atomic scale," observed Michelle Simmons,
director of the research project
These unabated technological advances which
should serve humanity’s well-being reminded me of
what I had just written four days ago about global
warming and the increasing development of shale gas,
in a world which in 200 years has consumed fossil
energy produced over a period of four billion years.
I imagined Obama, very articulate with words, for
whom, in his desperate attempt to be reelected, the
dreams of [Martin] Luther King are more light years
away than the closest inhabitable planet.
Even worse: any one of the Republican Congress
members considering the Presidency or any man or
woman leading the Tea Party are carrying more
nuclear weapons on their shoulders than ideas about
peace in their heads.
Imagine, readers, for one minute, this powerful
quantum computer cable of processing an infinite
number of times the data processed by modern
Is it not, perhaps, obvious that worst of all is
the absence in the White House of a robot capable of
governing the United States and preventing a war
which would put an end to human life?
I am sure that 90% of U.S. citizens registered,
especially Latinos, Blacks and a growing number of
those in the middle class, the impoverished, would
vote for the robot.
Fidel Castro Ruz
January 8, 2012