Nanotechnology for All-The Digital Revolution (Talk 5)
The modern connected world has come about due to the digital revolution over the past 100 years or so. Before the understanding of electro-magnetic waves and the experiments of Hertz to establish their existence, communication was very limited - it was slow and only local. Computers made a tremendous difference to the way we process information - given boost by the discovery of transistors in 1947. Miniaturization has proceeded relentlessly since then and we are truly in the nanotechnology regime now.
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It all started with Fleming...
The integration of electronic devices with biology is something that I want to address in a separate blog. Progress in this direction has been spectacular and what the future impact of intelligent robots, artificial intelligence will be on our civilization is somewhat uncertain.