New world of nanoelectronics may arrive in the near future, AAAS speakers say
February 15, 2002 | Source: KurzweilAI
A future filled with tiny, molecule-sized computers–fast and powerful enough to do things like translate conversations on the fly or calculate complex climate models–may be closer than people think, top nanotechnology researchers said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Boston today.
“We may be five to six years ahead of schedule in nanoelectronics, and some of today’s research is nearing the stage where it could be turned over to industrial production,” said James Ellenbogen of the Mitre Corporation.
Powerful electronic and computing devices, built at the molecular scale, moved to the forefront of scientific research in 2001, as several research teams hooked up tiny devices such as transistors, wires, and switches to form working circuits for the first time.
Note: Schon’s research has now been
dismissed as fraudulent by a scientific committtee. – Ed., 9/25/02
The nanotechnology seminar also covered topics in molecular motors, nano-medicine, and nanophotonics-harnessing light with miniscule devices for telecommunications and other uses.