Information technology in a "post-silicon world": innovations, applications and anticipations
About the lecture
Dr Meyerson says… ‘For many decades, Information Technology (IT) has thrived given dramatic improvements in its compute capabilities, associated costs, its pervasive presence, and its stable and reliable roadmap year upon year.
Underlying this exceptional trajectory has been the equally steady march of progress in silicon technology; often referred to as being driven by Moore's Law.
The notion of everlasting generations of smaller, faster, and less costly technology unfortunately runs squarely into the laws of physics, as the on-going scaling of technology terminates as material constituents of silicon technology reach dimensions at which quantum phenomena render them useless.
Put succinctly; atoms don't scale. Having already lost much of this core element driving progress in IT has forced a rebirth of innovation in the field, finding alternatives to drive future gains in IT performance through everything from new system architectures and materials to the emergence of new fields such as cognitive computing and its application to big data.
I will address both the challenges IT faces going forward, as well as the promise of new applications emerging as a result of increasingly innovative approaches to future systems.
The Turing Trust
The Turing Trust is an African micro-development charity set up in 2009 to develop sustainable rural schools in Ghana.
We fundraise through our enthusiastic supporters in our local communities to help the schools and wonderful communities who have made such a strong impression on the founding members of the Turing Trust.
With all of this support we are able to make huge changes to the lives of the children we work with in Ghana. Since the Trust began we have enabled 20 extra students to gain an education each year by constructing a girls dormitory, we have built and furnished a computer lab enabling a whole community to access to the digital world, donated over £40,000 and 85 computers to our associated schools in Ghana and most importantly ensured that hundreds of students have been able to gain an education.
We believe that charity should be as transparent as possible whilst providing the maximum benefit for the minimum cost. For these reasons we regularly publish our most detailed accounts online and use the power of volunteering to keep our admin costs below 1% of our annual income.
To see the results of our policies of full disclosure please go to our finances web-page for more details. We hope that by providing such up front disclosure we might encourage other worthy charities to follow suit and join us in providing full disclosure to the philanthropic world.
We are always actively seeking old computers and equipment that we can use to provide computer facilities to as many rural schools in Ghana as possible. We are happy to come and collect in the UK at your convenience, wipe PCs to an industry standard and ship then ship them to Ghana.
We believe it should not cost anything to donate so charge you nothing and most importantly ensure our schools receive computers for free unlike many charities that are forced to charge for their services due to high administration costs.
If you have any old computers, or know of a business that might be changing their computers soon, that they might be able to donate we are happy to come and collect them at your convenience, wipe them to and industry standard and ship them to Ghana for you.
Some of the computers still in use in Ghana are from the early 1990’s so any equipment you have would be of great use to us, so please get in touch via The Turing Trust website.