Q&A: Adam Frank, astrophysicist, on computing’s next revolution

By Christie Nicholson | December 28, 2012, 5:00 AM PST

Computing is closing in on a horizon of potentially massive change, again. If you think the last decade of digital innovation brought extraordinary upheaval in our day-to-day lives, well you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The shrinking size and cost of the transistor is what makes our digital products ever more powerful, small and cheap. But this constant shrinking is coming to an end as transistors can only get so small before they stop working properly.

Many scientists and researchers are currently working hard to develop the next leap in computing power, and this leap will be bigger and more shocking that what we’ve already witnessed in the last four decades.

Quantum information is a field within quantum mechanics that may just produce the most incredible force in computing power. The unit of quantum information is something called a qubit. And it’s this qubit that may have the potential to replace the transistor, and provide yet another huge transformation within the digital world.

SmartPlanet spoke with astrophysicist Adam Frank, who takes a special interest in explaining quantum information and its potential.

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