The Future Of Computers
Moore’s Law predicts doubling, but when computers go from quartz to quantum, the factor will be off the scale. Smaller and larger storage chips allow the creation of unlikely technologies for years to come. In the concept of the Internet of Things, the products develop interconnected, automated daily tasks and facilitate routines.
“Looking at that world and sort of pulling at that thread and this assumption that Shannon gave us of separating information and physics – Shannon says, ‘Don’t worry about that coupling’ – they actually poke at that question as to whether that was true or not. We learned that the foundational information block, it’s actually not the bit, but something called the qubit, short for quantum bit, and that we could express some fundamental principles of physics in this representation of information. Specifically for quantum computing, three ideas – the principle of superposition, the principle of entanglement, and the idea of interference – actually have to come together for how we represent and process information with qubits.
The picture above is the front panel from my very first computer, a 1982, Data General Nova 1200. It was the cat’s pajamas because it allowed me to enter two characters at a time, instead of eight bits . I was pleased as punchcards to enter my ten-letter name in under a minute in binary code. Today, I talk into my 64 bit smart phone, and as quick as my kids, it talks back. If you become an early adopter, however, it can change your business right now.
There is a subset of them that will be relevant for, but it’s the only technology that we know that alters that equation of something that becomes intractable to tractable. And what is interesting is we find ourselves in a moment, like what is arguably the first digital programmable computer. In a similar fashion now, we built the first programmable quantum computers.
You would probably blink, move and maybe even try to block or catch the ball. This is an example of preprocessing; your brain senses danger and reacts accordingly without involving the normal cognitive thought process. You probably know the layout of your home better than any other place on earth. If you were to close your eyes and try walking around your home, however, you would probably end up walking into something, and might possibly even hurt yourself.