Atlanta Falcons Reveal Futuristic Concepts For New Stadium

Atlanta Falcons Reveal Futuristic Concepts For New StadiumOn the heels of a year in which Atlanta hosted the SEC championship game, the NFC Championship Game and the 2013 NCAA Final Four, officials are doing everything in their power to ensure that Atlanta is a premier destination for any kind of sporting event that can be held in a stadium.

‘Futuristic adaptation’

As Max Blau of reported, potential options for a new stadium have started to leak out, and include different mock-ups that designers are presenting to interested parties as the process continues to move forward.  One is a “Pantheon” look, a futuristic adaptation of a domed stadium. Another is a “Solarium” approach, one that features a retractable roof and is more along the lines of what we’ve seen with new stadiums that have been built over the past few years.

‘100-yard bar’

The team and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority struck a deal with 360 Architecture, the Kansas City-based company, to head up the project, which is expected to be completed in time for the Falcons’ opening game in 2017 (h/t The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). 360 Architecture is the same group in charge of the blueprint for MetLife Stadium, the current home of the New York Jets and Giants.

If early drawings and ideas from the company’s presentation are any indication, this new home for the Falcons could blow every other NFL stadium (including Jerry Jones’ creation for the Dallas Cowboys) out of the water. Some of those ideas include a “100-yard bar,” an IMAX-like setup for fans who are sitting in the cheap seats, a “man cave” for patrons who want to feel like they are still at home watching the game and seats that actually vibrate when a big hit happens on the field.

Do you like the concept for the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium? Which would you favor — the Pantheon or the Solarium?

Source: Ethan Grant, Bleacher Report

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IBM Telescope to Generate More Data Than Entire Internet

There’s a massive telescope on the drawing board that hasn’t even started construction yet, but when it’s finished in 2024, it’ll generate more data in a single day than the entire Internet.

For scientists to ensure they’ll be able to handle all that raw information, they need to start working on new computing technologies now. Fortunately, IBM is on it. The computing giant is collaborating with ASTRON (the Netherlands Institute of Radio Astronomy) to develop the next-generation computer tech needed to handle the colossal amount of data captured by the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), a new radio telescope that will spread sensing equipment over a span 3,000 kilometers wide, or about the width of the continental U.S.A.

The project is called DOME, and it’s challenged to find a way to capture and process approximately one exabyte every day, which works out to about twice the amount of data that’s generated every day by the World Wide Web, IBM says. To do that in a way that doesn’t consume a massive amount of energy, IBM will need to develop some entirely new processing architectures before construction on the telescope begins in 2017.

While the project has only just been announced, IBM already has some ideas in the hopper. Specifically, it’ll be looking at novel ways of stacking chips (today’s chips are flat, though stacking or “3D” tech is around the corner) and using optical technology for interconnects, something the company has already had some success with.

It’s possible the social networks and search engines of the future will be powered by IBM’s coming tech or something like it, enabling them to process an entire Internet’s worth of data for anyone and everyone.

Source: CNN

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