Pretty soon, we’ll no longer be able to base computers on electronics. We can only make the microchip so small. At some point, the silicon chip will grow so thin that the amount of power used to perform calculations will melt it. Other models have been in the works, quantum computing for example. But that’s difficult and the process it’s built upon, not well understood.
Another option is light-based computing, which would be extremely fast, more energy efficient, and could store much more information than traditional ones. One of the reasons it’s so much better is, such a system produces little to no heat. Optical computing may also be well suited for deep learning, an essential part of the most recent developments in A.I. Since deep learning takes tremendous amounts of computation, the dramatic increase in computing power could allow scientists to take A.I. to a whole other level.
Though it sounds …