When it comes to futuristic breakthroughs, optical computers are right up there with neural networks in their potential to change the computing game forever. Instead of using electrons, optical computers move information in particles of light called photons. The benefit is that data can move at literally the speed of light. The drawback is that microchips aren't fast enough to keep up. We need to find a way to slow down the signal just enough, and in 2017, researchers did that in a surprising way: they turned the light into sound.
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Written by Ashley Hamer October 12, 2017
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