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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas? 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the picked-from-the-new-idea-tree dept. writes: Arthur Obermayer, a friend of the Isaac Asimov, writes that he recently rediscovered an unpublished essay by Asimov written in 1959 while cleaning out some old files. Obermayer says it is "as broadly relevant today as when he wrote it. It describes not only the creative process and the nature of creative people but also the kind of environment that promotes creativity." Here's an excerpt from Asimov's essay, which is well worth reading in its entirety:

"A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others. Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren't paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues."

Comment: Re:False. (Score 1) 52

by WilyCoder (#47644549) Attached to: NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

If I really wanted to bash the jetson TK1 I would probably talk about how it lacks any kind of official wifi have to use a community created kernel to get wifi support, because nVidia punted on the issue for whatever reason. buyer beware! Meanwhile the $35 raspberry pi (and its official raspbian linux) has supported wifi for a long time now. For the price nVidia is charging they really need to increase their support/maintenance of Jetson tk1. Its a shame because the cuda samples for Jetson really show that the GPU is quite capable.

Comment: Re:Tools available? (Score 1) 52

by WilyCoder (#47644505) Attached to: NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

There is currently no published dev tools for OpenCL for the tegrak1. If you want to do development for a *specific* device that has a k1 (such as the shield tablet) you need to use the tegra android development pack, and guess what, it does NOT support CL yet. The OP is reporting on something that is not even out yet.

Since google has not put their weight behind OpenCL any CL development you do for android will be very device specific. So the fragmentation issue that Apple bashes Android for is very real if you want to use CL...

Google should do something (and soon) because Apple's metal API supports GPU compute workloads. Sure you can do GPGPU using OpenGL ES but that is more limited in scope than a full CL implementation...

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.