computers

New 4-D Transistors

Dec 14, 2012

In the world of computing it’s all about being faster and better. As Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology, a group of Purdue and Harvard scientists have come up with a new 4-D transistor. The novel design and material, directing the flow of electrical current, is said to be a preview of future computers.


Daniel Meek is the program director for the non-profit Cincinnati Computer Cooperative, which works to recycle old computers into working, viable products for use by schools and other non-profits. As their mission statement points out, the organization would like to improve the student-to-computer ratio in order to better prepare students for higher education and careers. Daniel Meek came by our studios to talk with Mark Perzel about Cincinnati Computer Cooperative and how businesses and individuals can be part of their effort.


A new book, Singularity Rising, suggests computers are on the path to becoming as smart as people. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson, in an interview with author James Miller, reports on how soon it could happen, which country will have the technology first, and what could derail it.