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Fusion power; centralized computing

Alex M. Andrew (Reading University, Reading, UK)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 15 February 2008




This paper sets out to discuss a proposal for power generation by atomic fusion using the helium isotope of mass 3, obtained from the moon, and to compare it with the better‐known proposed method using deuterium and tritium. It proposes to discuss a new trend by which computing power is made available “on tap” rather than in individual users' installations.


The aim is to review developments on the internet, especially those of general cybernetic interest.


The possibility of fusion power based on helium‐3 should be kept in mind, but is subject to numerous difficulties. Centralized computing offers a number of benefits and is a current trend.

Practical implications

Fusion power from helium‐3 is a remote and uncertain possibility, and attention should not be diverted from efforts to reduce carbon emissions and global warming by other means. Large‐scale users of computers might well consider subscribing to a central service.


It is hoped that this will be a valuable periodic review.



Andrew, A.M. (2008), "Fusion power; centralized computing", Kybernetes, Vol. 37 No. 1, pp. 17-19.



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