- Computer components
- Quantum physics
- Quantum computers
For most of our history, human technology consisted of our brains, fire, and sharp sticks. While fire and sharp sticks became power plants and nuclear weapons, the biggest upgrade has happened to our brains. Since the 1960s, the power of our brain machines has kept growing exponentially, allowing computers to get smaller and more powerful at the same time.
But this process is about to meet its physical limits. Computer parts are approaching the size of an atom, and to understand why this is a problem, we first have to clear up some basics.
A computer is made up of very simple components doing very simple things, representing data, the means of processing it, and control mechanisms.
Computer chips (also known as circuit chips) contain modules which contain logic gates which contain transistors.