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STORING DATA PER ATOM!

May 13, 2017 6:17 AM

We all remember writing our first love letter and fancying about him/her in our dreamy drift of the night. And imploring to a friend, good with words; to add his/her touch of brilliance to that so precious love letter written on a sweet-smelling piece of paper.

Ask a teen today, and he/she will look at you in amusement. With the passing of years the format of proposing to your first crush has evolved and has become more dependent on technology. Now proposing via love letters written on a piece of paper is an obsolete idea. We are in the age of digital romance, where a boy proposes a girl via WhatsApp, dates are fixed via Twitter or Facebook, the dreamy drift of fancying about someone has moved to the virtual vault of beautiful dreams in the form of Instagram, pinterest etc. In the age of technology we are resorting to technology to be someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend. However, the value of human expression and human emotion is beyond the reach of any machine and that is what makes us superior and different!

Today we cannot imagine our lives without computers. These intelligent machines are at the nucleus of our modern day technology and our dependency on computer-enhanced ecosystems is getting intense and diverse with every passing day. Microsoft Windows, made computers accessible to common people and introduced it as a tool for the global community of technology enthusiasts and for aspiring lovers as well .Without Windows, computers may have stayed within the science research centers and laboratories.

These intelligent machines work exactly like human body. However, we still have long way to go in order to make them as efficient as human body. For one simple reason, largely the human brain uses the same amount of power as a 20 watt light bulb and engages the volume of a two-litre bottle.

It is around 10,000 times more thick and effective than any computer today. Only because it uses only one – extremely well-organized – network of capillaries and blood vessels to transport heat and energy at the same time. Around 40 per cent of its volume is used for functional performance, and only 10 per cent for energy and cooling. Whereas computer, uses 99 percent of its capacity for cooling and powering, and only 1 per cent to process information. Due to this excessive consumption of energy, computers are yet to match the capabilities of human brain.

 However, IBM is working on a computer powered by electronic Blood that will be efficient enough to emulate the functional architecture of human brain. According to IBM researchers their System uses electrolyte ‘blood’ responsible for carrying power in and while taking heat out. In future this technology could prove highly effective in developing process power compactly packed into a 3D space. Moreover, the technology also opens the possibility of allowing a 1 petaflop computer- currently the size of half a football field- to accommodate onto a desktop. That will be simply brilliant and can offer computers higher degree of data processing capabilities making them true super computers.

With higher data processing capabilities, higher volumes of data storage become a major challenge. But scientists at Delft University, in the Netherlands have the best solution to overcome this current handicap.

They are working on the theory postulated by Richard Feynman who was an American theoretical physicist and was widely regarded as the most brilliant, influential, and iconoclastic figure in his field in the post-World War II era. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965.

In 1959, Feynman speculated that if we had a platform allowing us to arrange individual atoms in an exact orderly pattern, it would be possible to store one piece of information per atom.

He said this in his famous lecture ‘There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom’.

This would be the limit at how small classical computer transistors could become.

The new storage method lets one atom to store one piece of information. This method is 500 times better than the best commercial hard disk currently available in the market. With this technology all books stacked in libraries world over, homes, schools, colleges etc. could be written on single business card. The only limitation of this technology being it only works at almost -200 degrees Celsius (-328F) in near-perfect vacuum.

Computers are indeed evolving and so are humans because evolution is never ceasing. The question being, who will evolve faster, the machines or their creator?