Disruptive changes often originate from science labs, says David Power, head of HPC at Boston LTD.
Path-breaking findings coming from the pure sciences – new materials, chemical or physical properties, methods learnt from biological systems, etc. – often open up game-changing alternatives with the potential to disrupt the smooth flow of technological progress. And in the words of telecommunications expert and faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Dr Suresh Borkar: “For continued progress, cross-disciplinary advances are needed in many areas including materials sciences, physical sciences, chemical sciences, biological sciences and mathematics.”
With this in mind, I have decided to celebrate the contributions of science to the field of computing, by discussing how pure science research could transform technology in the future and bring us closer to quantum computing.