The End of Moore’s Law?
The current economic boom is likely due to increases in computing speed and decreases in price. Now there are some good reasons to think that the party may be ending.
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Imagine computers orders of magnitude more powerful and far cheaper than today´s machines. That´s one promise of a field that uses individual molecules as microscopic switches.
Computers that tap the bizarre properties of subatomic particles might calculate with awesome speed-cracking codes that stymie conventional machines.
A vial of bacteria capable of computation? Injectable cells that survey the bloodstream and produce drugs on demand? These ideas might not be as far-fetched as they sound.
DNA-based PCs? Doubtful. But DNA might do some computing-while assembling nanostructures.
Alternatives to silicon-based computing are long shots. Knowing that, why do HP, Lucent and IBM spend time and money pursuing them? Their reasons may surprise you.
She´s baaaack. Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard temp, has returned to jolt the information technology giant out of its lethargy. Her goal is simple: Make the company “unbeatable” in the coming age of pervasive computing.