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IBM Develops Self-Destructing Chips For DARPA

DARPA seeks technology that would trigger electronics on the battlefield to self-destruct. The goal: Electronics that last only as long as needed.

 DARPA is seeking ways to trigger electronics to self-destruct. (Image courtesy of DARPA.)
DARPA is seeking ways to trigger electronics to self-destruct. (Image courtesy of DARPA.)

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Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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2/18/2014 | 9:55:26 AM
Better double check
It bugs me when a program double checks (or triple checks) about me wanting to shut it down, but this is one case where a query would be useful. "Are you sure you want this laptop to explode?"
Thomas Claburn
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2/18/2014 | 7:14:51 PM
Re: Better double check
IBM should include an "Undo" button on its destroyed chips as a joke.
WKash
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WKash,
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2/19/2014 | 5:06:22 PM
Re: Better double check
That would be an amusing design joke... While they're at it, how about a final audible on your phone that says, "Your phone is toast. Goodbye."
WKash
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2/18/2014 | 4:25:34 PM
This phone will self destruct in five seconds
This will be an interesting technology wrinkle to watch -- especially when it becomes commercially viable.  Imagine being at a restaurant and your spouse/boss/wiseguy friend finds and executes the self-destruct code and your phone melts down right at the table.  Meanwhile, it's hard not to recall the mysterious ways Jim Phelp's Mission Impossible messages used to self destruct on the old hit TV series.  Funny it's taken so long to develop something comparable for smart phones.
rradina
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rradina,
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2/19/2014 | 9:01:28 AM
Re: This phone will self destruct in five seconds
This is currently a great concern among folks that are raising the caution flag of a government mandated smartphone "kill switch".  The tinfoil hat crowd claim evil government forces will use it to suppress organized civil disobedience movements.  The security crowd fear hackers will gain access and cripple the economy by destroying millions of smart phones.  The conspiracy crowd, who believe the twin towers were destroyed by our own government, believe the Apples and Samsungs of the world will pay hackers to drive sales of replacement devices.
WKash
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WKash,
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2/19/2014 | 5:12:38 PM
Re: This phone will self destruct in five seconds
I suppose all those doomsday scenario's you list have some shred of truth.  But given we somehow survived a few decades of the US and Russia pointing thousands of nuclear warheads at each other, I have a faith that whatever can be done with self destructing phones won't necessarily mean it will be done.

 
Kristin Burnham
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2/18/2014 | 8:40:06 PM
Self-destructing and biodegradable
I wonder if their research could lead them to advancements in biodegradable materials, too.
s404n1tn0cc
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s404n1tn0cc,
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2/20/2014 | 8:49:56 AM
BAd Idea
Bad idea
s404n1tn0cc
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s404n1tn0cc,
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2/20/2014 | 8:52:23 AM
Better Idea
One could design a Shorting conditon in the mechics. With the correct software can un-short he mechanism. As far as controll..you either have control of your Desktop or Machine or you don't. 
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