Lanit Updates 03/2021
Let's change the pace a little.
We are going to take a look at "the future" in computing or at least the core principal of it.
What does everyone want when it comes to computing...speed and reliability. Most people want to be able to come to work in the morning and do their job without hassle or drama from their tools they need to do said job and in most cases that starts with technology.
The theory in the next big evolution of computing is something you may or may not have heard of already, quantum computing. Okay, okay, don't let your eyes glaze over like my extended family's do after asking me what I do for a living at family gatherings...
First it's good to know how current computer processors work on the very basic physical level. Computers for the most part are pretty simple when you break it down to their main physical function. The processor or the "brain" is just a bunch of simple circuits that are in 2 possible states, on or off. How fast you can switch those circuits on or off is referenced to as the speed of the processor. When it's in the off state it represents a 0 and when it's on it represents a 1. These are also referred to as bits and this is where most IT people would go crazy about bit to byte conversion, pathways, etc. but I would rather keep the glazed over eyes at bay for now.
There has been a lot of advancement in computing using this basic principal but at the the same time it's also the biggest limitation. Dealing with small electrical components that switch on or off has hard limitations in the performance aspects of computing. So what's next....
Introducing quantum computing, To truly understand it you would need a degree in physics but I guess the same could be said about the current computing standard and needing an electrical engineering degree. So let's break it down once again to the simplest aspect or the core of it's function. The entire idea of quantum computing is to remove the hard limitations of simple electrical circuits so they use chemical reactions opposed to the old light switch (on or off) method. In Quantum computing they can have a single bit be in multiple different states at the same time...don't think about that too much without a drink nearby. And of course physicist being who they are these are now called Qubit, because they think it sounds cool? Not sure but it brings a entirely different approach to the very basic principles of computing. At this point there is no known limitation to the possible speed this can bring to the computing world and that's a bit of a scary thought to me with AI being in full swing.
With that being said I highly doubt we will see it as a consumer based option for many generations. There are a few labs that have active quantum computers running today but like our computer ancestors take a massive amount of energy and room to run simple functions.