Organic computing - the Cylons are coming?

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New research out of the University of Manchester in Britain appears to herald the imminent creation of the Cylon race.

It appears the structure for computer processors will switch from silicon to carbon. Just like people.

It's not news that graphene (carbon in sheets an atom thick) conducts electricity exceptionally well. But it needs to insulate as well, and until recently, it wasn't clear it could do the job. The university's research showed graphene can be modified to insulate. What does that mean? It means there can be electronics made entirely from carbon, silicon need not apply.
 

The semiconductor industry exploits the "whole periodic table" to manufacture its components, says Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester, UK. "But what if a single material is modified so that it covers the entire spectrum needed for electronics?" Graphene could be that material, he says.

That would make it far simpler to build computers, TVs, all electronics, and make it connections nearly seamless, because they'd all be made from the same materials.

By adding hydrogen to the graphene and creating graphane, it can properly insulate the transistors. Graphene, it should be noted, allows electrons to "whiz through the layers at near the speed of light." Now that's fast-acting.

So the combination of graphene and graphane ends up enabling those who make the electronic components to use one material and just change its chemistry as needed.
 

And, if you really, really, really, really want to read detailed information about all this, you can check out the abstract of the original Science journal article here.
 

 
 
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3vi1 replied on Thu, Jan 29 2009 10:13 PM

>> check out the abstract of the original Science journal article here.

There are two downsides to that: 1) You have to pay to read the article. 2) The article has no accompanying pictures of female cylons. :(

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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you paid to read it?

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Super Dave replied on Thu, Jan 29 2009 10:45 PM

The blonde Cylon chick looks much hotter in her red dress.

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Jan 29 2009 11:50 PM

Where? We need links dang-it! :)

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This PIC doesn't do justice, but if you have ever watched the series you will know that it is her banter that makes her so sexy!

 

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Jan 30 2009 7:37 AM

I figured it was safe to assume that was Amy's own original spin on the use of carbon. :)

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Jan 30 2009 10:58 AM

Yeah, banter, that's it...

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Jan 30 2009 1:29 PM

That picture inspired me to create the world's filthiest cylon joke:

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Well if they look like that then bring them on!

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jan 31 2009 7:45 PM

C'mon... someone do the math... I wasn't just writing numbers. :)

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3vi1:

C'mon... someone do the math... I wasn't just writing numbers. :)

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