Todays Computer Technology: Where is it now, and where is it heading?

 

So the other day I found out about how google would be implementing this new machine-learning artificial intelligence system that helps Google process some of its search results, in particular, rare or one-of-a-kind queries.

So how does rank brain work?:

 

So it essentially handles complex long-tail queries, understands how they are connected to particular topics and provide results according to these topics. So what RankBrain does is identifies patterns behind different search queries that might seem unrelated and finds similarities between them.

This allows the Google search engine to understand a phrase that it has never dealt with before, ( specifically 500 million new search queries every day that Google has never searched for before) by correlating it with phrases it is already familiar with. Pretty clever huh! It constantly teaches itself paying attention to things like bounce rate or session duration. So if a user considers displayed results irrelevant to their query, the next time, the algorithm will show other results for this query accordingly.

What does RankBrain Do?

Sorry, just went on about how awesome Google algorithms are, the SEO side of me came out, but I digress.

So all this new “machine-learning artificial intelligence” information got me thinking:

Where is Computer Technology heading?

 

10 years from now are we going to have autonomous uber drones zipping through the air take everyone to there destinations? Probably not. But that does sound pretty cool.

As far as Computing (ie: Speed, Size, and functionality) all you nerdy types out there are aware of Moore’s law which states that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years.

Moore's Law Graph

Moore's Law Graph

And computer chips are approaching unbelievably small dimensions, with chips averaging 14nm (nanometers) in size! Where does that put us within the next 10 years as far as computers size and speed is concerned? Well, Moore, himself, later said his law will finally fail around the year 2020 where the number of transistors we can put on chips will be limited by the laws of physics. Computer parts are approaching the size of an atom.

Transistors are essentially electric switches, and electricity is electrons moving from one place to another.

What are transistors

So as transistors are approaching the size of atoms, electrons could simply transfer themselves to the other side of a blocked passage (a transistor) via quantum tunneling. In the Quantum world, physics works completely different than in the world we live. Electrons are so unbelievably small that they exist in a “superposition” state.

So the end is near for computer processing power! Well, not exactly. This is where quantum computers come into play. Computers that take advantage of this quantum properties. As everybody already knows, traditional computers information are made up of bits that are either 0 or 1. Quantum computers on the other hand Rather than representing bits — they would represent qubits, which can take on the value 0, or 1, or both simultaneously. That right there is a game changer, each extra qubit grows exponentially, 20 qubits can store one million values in parallel! 

That’s some really gnarly stuff. But of course, this is all hypothetical and has not yet been put to real use. But that’s the direction we’re heading folks, hate it or love it.

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