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The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand

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The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and augmented reality, we need to pack even more computing power into our computer chips — and we're running out of space. In this forward-thinking talk, technology developer Karl Skjonnemand introduces a radically new way to create chips. "This could be the dawn of a new era of molecular manufacturing," Skjonnemand says.

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30 Comments on The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand

  1. Shubham Prasad // 13th March 2019 at 5:04 pm // Reply

    Not first

  2. My hair has more power than your phone chip *-*

  3. Self assembling technology.. what could possibly go wrong?

  4. In conclusion, we need money for better research

  5. Are we putting these things in the air we breathe? Smart Dust? Very Cool!

  6. I self assembled once.

  7. I’ve experienced the molecular frustration in stacking chips when I get the fever for the flavor of a Pringles.

  8. myutubechannel // 13th March 2019 at 5:28 pm // Reply

    hardware has always been the limitation for software, strange to see him make the argument it is something recent. Also the latest version of the chip making machine will cost you 250mln. SDA (self directed assembly) has been around for quite a while now. it still requires a photo lithography chip making machine. Molecules are big and that together with the fact that below a couple of nm’s quantum effects kill your transistor is the real limit for cost effective processing power. SDA is not a disruptive technology but complementary, the semi conductor industry has a lot of money invested in current production techniques they cannot just throw all of that away and make a profit. What the industry really is doing to counteract the slowdown of progress in photo lithograph is 3D stacking. Samsung, Intel, TSMC are all doing it. btw e-beam is another example of ‘break-through’ technology. What we need is chips based on photons.

    • Quantum tunnelling is the biggest challenge at this point I think

    • Awakened2Truth - Disciple of Jesus the Christ // 13th March 2019 at 8:47 pm // Reply

      +myutubechannel pando com/2014/01/14/d-wave-quantum-computing-or-quantum-scam/
      physicsworld com/cws/article/news/2014/jun/20/is-d-wave-quantum-computer-actually-a-quantum-computer
      newscientist com/article/dn28641-experts-doubt-googles-claim-about-its-quantum-computers-speed/
      livescience com/46414-first-quantum-computer-no-faster.html

  9. Now that dosen’t scream “Exterminate” at all.

  10. Avatar Lurvdjur // 13th March 2019 at 5:30 pm // Reply

    And he’s info is already out dated, we’re down to 7nm. đŸ™‚

  11. MikaelKKarlsson // 13th March 2019 at 5:55 pm // Reply

    On the other hand, most types of software are wasting resources like never before.

  12. TED= Transhumanistic Evolutionary Directive

  13. Chinmai Naregal // 13th March 2019 at 6:09 pm // Reply

    This is epic!!

  14. Aurélien Carnoy // 13th March 2019 at 6:30 pm // Reply

    Design lighter software

  15. There’s only so much smaller we can get before we hit quantum uncertainty, quantum computers are a better long-term solution for this problem.

  16. Holy crap technology is flipping amazing damn.

  17. Guilherme Santos // 13th March 2019 at 8:22 pm // Reply

    How Cool is that

    Surely is a Crazy Russian Hacker reference

  18. this is the kind of content i’m here for, INOVATION.
    this is the path TED should walk.
    not the political correctness that every now and then TED brings like its just common sense, ITS NOT !, and we are AWARE of the political groups that snick in public debate spaces like this to spread their ideology.
    Now …this …..this is GOOD stuff.

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