Scientists Just Automated Designing Light-Based Computers
STAFF WRITER (CANADA)
May 28, 2015 // 04:09 PM EST
Your computer ferries data around using electrons and conductive wires; for now, anyway. The age of electronics could soon end, maybe even within the next decade, thanks to an algorithm that can automatically design components that use light instead of electrons.
Currently, sending electrons around a computer using conductive wires consumes up to an estimated 80 percent of a computer’s processing power. Basically, wires are a bottleneck when it comes to processing speed. Sending data with light, similar to fiber optics but at a micro-scale, would allow computers to process much more data, and much faster.....
(excerpt from website: Motherboard..)