Moore's Law states, in simple terms, that the processing and storage power of microchips will double every two years. This maxim, first proposed in 1965 by technologist Gordon Moore, proved prescient, but is beginning to run up against the functional limits of traditional electronics. A conference in London now seeks to explore how Moore's Law applies to other fields, such as biotechnology and health care.
The Royal Society, Great Britain's premier scientific body, is currently hosting the "Beyond Moore's Law" conference, where eminent speakers can share their research on the future of technology's geometric evolution. Microelectronics -- the study and manufacture of the kind of tiny electronic components that go into computers, smartphones and other objects that go "beep" -- is beginning to slow down after 40 years of steady exponential growth.
"If this technology is based on electrons flowing through transistors and wires is slowing down, what new technologies can be brought in to accelerate growth?" asked David Cumming, a professor of electronic systems at the University of Glasgow and "Beyond Moore's Law" organizer, told TechNewsDaily. If scientists want technology to continue advancing according to Moore's Law, it would have to break out of the "microelectronics-only" mindset, Cumming said.