So, I'm researching emerging technology, and skimming through all these weird research articles on topics such as Surprise Strategy: Bees Smother Enemies and "Very Young Children Can Step Into The Minds Of Storybook Characters" (no duh!). I admit it: I tuned out a bit.
And then I see this:
... imagine booting your laptop computer in a few seconds as you wouldn't need to transfer the operating system to active memory.
Let me repeat the key part of that:
... imagine booting your laptop computer in a few seconds...
Heck, at least three times a day for an unspecified long time, I desperately plead with the machine deities for a mere two-minute boot-up. Dare I imagine a boot up of a few seconds? Oh, I do dare, I do.
For some reason, they put this eye-catching quote at the end of the article, so now I have to backtrack and really read the piece. (Notice how I put the quote up immediately so it would catch your eye - that's because I'm a writer with years of experience and training. And you techies thought writers were just useless document peons. Hmphf! Guess I showed you!)
Anyway, here's the deal: Scientists figured out how to make nanoscale devices that can store and retrieve data a thousand times faster than Flash memory or micro-drives. And, it would store the data for 100,000 years - although it's unclear how they tested that assertion. Best of all - particularly for us klutzes - it's nonvolatile.
The real breakthrough isn't so much the device itself as the self-assembly method created by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania. But that process is better explained in the full press release.
I must say, I'm thrilled as punch. I would even upgrade in less than my current 10 to 15 years for that kind of technology.
Nanotechnology is really making the geek press, and at this point, it's difficult to tell how all the nanotech research will play out. For instance, not long ago, chemists at Brown University figured out how "to synthesize iron-platinum nanorods and nanowires while controlling their size and composition" - a major step toward manufacturing nanowires.