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Dielectrics do not conduct electricity and get damaged or break down if too high of fields of energy are applied to them. The scientists discovered that when dielectrics were given very short and intense laser pulses, they start conducting electricity while remaining undamaged. The fastest time a dielectric can process signals is on the order of 1 femtosecond – the same time as the light wave oscillates and millions of times faster than the second handle of a watch jumps.
Dielectric devices hold promise to allow for much faster computing than possible today with semiconductors. Such a device can work at 1 petahertz, while the processor of today's computer runs slightly faster than at 3 gigahertz.
Originally posted by Raelsatu
reply to post by HIWATT
Well that's the thing; you may not be able to keep up now; however there's an escape velocity of sorts similar to the proposal of biological immortality. Except in the computing realm it would be the advent of augmenting human intelligence via bionics/nanotech. If you could augment the power of your own brain, this would mean being able to "keep up" in any and all circumstances.
It's 'evolution' occurring on levels of intelligent design, macro & micro. Inherent in nature and consciousness. There's many more aspects to this theory that include running simulations, infinite novelty generators, & the omega point.edit on 5-12-2012 by Raelsatu because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Symer
Fantastic. This probably means our computers will also require 10.000 times as much energy to run, right?
A mini-power plant in every home sounds like a great way to be done with this planet (and this planet with us) much faster.
If our energy needs keeps growing exponentially like this we'll have to find some Type 3 civilization to sponsor us pretty soon.
Originally posted by HIWATT
I understand your point but nothing you said has any bearing in current reality. This thread is regarding something of a CURRENT event... not something which may or may not come into play.. what.... possibly 1,000 years from now.