March 16th, 2011
Episode 42 of 559 episodes
We take it for granted that mobile phones today do as much, or more, than the cumbersome personal computers we bought just a decade ago. But many industry insiders believe that silicon chips are about to hit the buffers. Without the hardware to support them, computers may not continue to evolve at the same astonishing rate. Arranging transistors, a thousand times smaller than a human hair, on a silicon chip isn't easy. But the ability to manipulate such miniscule entities is just one of the challenges chip manufacturers are facing and it's probably not the most serious. When transistors are smaller than this, silicon starts to lose the properties that make it so useful for building logic circuits. Will memristors - resistors with memory - be the next great leap forward in digital technology? Based on a thin film of titanium dioxide, they can do the work of billions of silicon chips using a fraction of their power. In 1965, Intel employee Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors that manufacturers could fit on a silicon chip would double every two years. That prediction became known as Moore’s Law, and over the last four decades, the law has proved to be correct. But now even Moore himself wonders whether this dramatic rate of progress can be sustained. Roland Pease asks if this is really the end for Moore's Law. Or will memristors drive the next technological advance to even smaller and faster devices?
Have you trembled ‘round the campfire as the ghost stories are told? Do tales of horrors wrought by nature and beyond strike fear in your soul? Is it best when you are afraid to turn out the light? Thrill to stories that strike at your deepest fears, as host Stephen Kilpatrick brings the best of horror fiction to your ears and your mind, read to you by the most chilling narrators that podcasting has to offer. <br /> <br /> Podcasting the finest in genre fiction, Tales to Terrify is where the depths of horror reveal the truths of good, evil, and the human spirit in the District of Wonders podcast network. Like all shows in the District of Wonders, Tales to Terrify is supported by a welcoming community of dedicated fans and contributors. Subscribe today, and begin your journey through the spine-tingling depths of storytelling.<br /> <br /> Everyone has a story in the District of Wonders. Come and find yours.