World’s Tiniest Computer
From the bulky 1987 computer on the left, to the slim 2012 laptop on the right, computers have certainly gotten a lot smaller. But computers of the future are likely to be even smaller—much, much smaller.
Amazing but True!
- Imagine a computer a million times faster than today’s computers, but so small that it’s microscopic.
- It sounds like science fiction, but it really is possible. Such computers are called quantum computers. Their secret is using individual atoms or electrons to encode and process data.
- How is this possible? And how might such computers change our world? Watch this video to find out: http://www.nbclearn.com/sciencenews/cuecard/63282
What Do You Think?
Learn more about quantum computers at the links below. Then answer the following questions.
- How do quantum computers get their name?
- Why do quantum computers have to be kept at very low temperatures?
- Conventional computers use digital bits of ones and zeroes. What do quantum computers use? How is this related to the speed of quantum computers?
- How do scientists control qubits?
- Developers of the first quantum computers have been compared to the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk. Why?
- What do you think? How does the problem-solving ability of quantum computers compare with that of conventional computers? How do you think quantum computers will change computing in the future?