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Quantum-Tunneling Computers: Answers faster than light?

… Nerval’s Lobster writes “The powerful, reliable combination of transistors and semiconductors in computer processors could give way to systems built on the way electrons misbehave, all of it contained in circuits that warp even the most basic rules of physics. Rather than relying on a predictable flow of electrons that appear to know whether they are particles or waves, the new approach depends on quantum tunneling, in which electrons given the right incentive can travel faster than light, appear to arrive at a new location before having left the old one, and pass straight through barriers that should be able to hold them back. Quantum tunneling is one of a series of quantum-mechanics-related techniques being developed as possible replacements for transistors embedded in semiconducting materials such as silicon. Unlike traditional transistors, circuits built by creating pathways for electrons to travel across a bed of nanotubes are not limited by any size restriction relevant to current manufacturing methods, require far less power than even the tiniest transistors, and do not give off heat or leak electricity as waste products, according to Yoke Khin Yap of Michigan Technological University, lead author of a paper describing the technique, which was published in the journal Advanced Materials last week.” …

http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/13/06/25/0045245/quantum-tunneling-electrons-could-make-semiconductors-obsolete

Does this mean future computers will have an answer for us before we even know we are going to ask? Imagine that world!

2 comments on “Quantum-Tunneling Computers: Answers faster than light?

  1. digitalhegemon
    June 25, 2013

    It’s already been done.

  2. SilverBee
    June 25, 2013

    It’s the end of the world as we know it! I feel blessed to live at precisely this moment in time.

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