Why computing will never be limited by Moore’s Law

 Silicon-based transistors must be powered all the time.

Experts predict that in less than 20 years we will reach the physical limit of how much processing capability can be squeezed out of silicon-based processors in the heart of our computing devices. But a recent scientific finding that could completely change the way we build computing devices may simply allow engineers to sidestep any obstacles.

 

 

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Five technologies IBM predicts will be possible in the next 5 years

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What if a computer could let us “feel” the texture of a fabric before we buy clothes online? Or gives us a whiff or  taste of a meal we’re thinking of preparing? it’s all within the realm of possibility in the next 5 years, according to IBM’s list of technologies it thinks are on the cusp of adoption.

 

 

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IBM’s oxygen powered battery

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IBM has built a battery that needs oxygen to live.

In an effort to build a battery capable of powering a car for 500 miles, IBM has designed a battery that produces power by taking in oxygen and then recharges by expelling oxygen. Such a battery can be significantly smaller and lighter than traditional lithium ion batteries, providing a much longer life per square inch since it is driven by the outside air. (Video)

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World’s smallest 3D map of the world

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The world’s smallest map is composed of 500,000 pixels, each measuring 20 nm2 and was created in only 2.23 minutes.

Zurich scientists have created the world’s smallest 3D map – of the world.  IBM’s perfectly formed ‘nano-world’, has now been accepted by the Guinness World Record organization.  (Pics)

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IBM creates a bit of data using only 12 iron atoms

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Miniaturized information storage in atomic-scale antiferromagnets. The binary representation of the letter ‘S’ (01010011) was stored in the Neel states of eight iron atom arrays.

After five years of work, IBM announced on Thursday that its researchers have been able to reduce from about one million to 12 the number of atoms required to create a bit of data. (video)

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IBM’s ‘Five in Five’ – 5 technologies that will make the most impact in 5 years

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When it comes to the technologies that will be changing daily life in the years to come nothing focuses your attention on the future like a forecast. Five years in the future, to be exact. IBM’s annual “Five in Five” are thought-provoking, even if they’re occasionally wrong.

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OECD warns quality of patents ‘falling dramatically’

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Companies are filing overly broad patents on obvious ideas in the hope that one day the technology will become feasible.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that “the quality of patent filings has fallen dramatically over the past two decades. The rush to protect even minor improvements in products or services is overburdening patent offices. This slows the time to market for true innovations and reduces the potential for breakthrough inventions.”

 

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1,000 times faster computers by 2013

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 IBM is developing “skyscraper” computers using huge sandwiches of silicon chips.

Get read  for next-generation computers and smartphones that are up to 1,000 times faster than the systems you use today. Computer maker IBM is developing “skyscraper” computers using huge sandwiches of silicon chips by sticking layer after layer of chips covered with tiny components together. The process, for which IBM has roped in glue maker 3M, will make PCs and smartphones up to 1,000 times faster than the existing ones and are expected to be available in market by 2013.

 

 

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