Computing with light? It's closer than you think..

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by Magical Realist, Feb 7, 2013.

1. Magical RealistValued Senior Member

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Imagine a hologram of a computer that computes at the speed of light. Is this the shape of the future?

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5. kwhilbornBannedBanned

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Since these circuits would only be in partial use, and electricity moves fast anyways, would we really notice a significant difference. So often we have subroutines making background calculations we are fast enough already. I suppose if I said why would we need faster computers someone 100 years from now might think that is simply hilarious.

How fast does electricity move through our computers now?