Machine Language is binary, consisting of 0‘s and 1‘s, correct? Well, maybe not for long.

A study by Edinburgh and Manchester university scientists has arrived at a more sophisticated quantum binary language using an entire range of values (qubits). This technological advance uses molecular-scale technology instead of the current silicon chips. Such an achievement of a further enhancement in computing power supports Moore‘s Law but some Social & Ethical Issues can be brought into question.

Quantum computing may not be fully reliable and a hasty adaptation of the scientific breakthrough may have tragic consequences. Moving into molecular scale technology takes hardware manipulation and development out of engineers’ hands and into CAD & CAM software, which itself may not be fully reliable.

Another issue may involve People & Machines. Further complicating an already complicated IT System may produce technophobic outrage by pushing consumers to use a device they’ll know even less about.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7952524.stm

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