OK, I am such a nerd. But what I’m going to talk about is some really, really cool stuff. It’s my duty to help keep you guys informed of all things technological — well, a little bit of it anyway. And yes, this affects you as much as it does me.
Be warned: There is some technical lingo ahead, but I will explain it all.
Scientists at the University of New South Wales have done something incredible: created a single-atom transistor whose process of creation is stable and repeatable. This is a world first.
A transistor is a device that can hold an electrical charge and amplify or change that charge. For example, these devices help power computers. In fact, most, if not all, modern electrical gadgets use transistors.
Moore’s Law is a law that pertains to the rate at which transistors are supposed to grow smaller. It states that by the year 2020, a transistor will be built on the atomic level — which has just been done eight years early.
Now to the part on why this pertains to us as college students.
Technology is moving even faster than anticipated. With every year that goes by, the world around us is evolving and changing, as is its technology.
Regardless of your position in the working world, there is probably some portion of electronic equipment that touches your life. Technology is now so integrated into our lives, and it is changing at such an alarming rate. We have to learn to adapt to these changes, at least to an extent.
When I saw the article announcing the creation of a single-atom transistor, I was in shock. This is something that will change the way electronics work down the road — on the atomic level! That is so small, it hurts my head to think about.
All in all, I found this article a very interesting read, and I suggest you check it out for yourself.
See David’s other blog entries for more tech news and advice.