Advanced optics such as lasers, crystals and holograms may work in concert with quantum theory to revolutionize computers in this century, promising tremendous speed and abilities that exceed the human brain, according to a new book. In his book, “Mind at Light Speed: A New Kind of Intelligence,” Nolte describes how optics-based computer technologies may evolve over three generations during the next century. The first generation, which is well under way, has seen the Internet transformed by fiberoptic cables, optical switches and other devices that are based on photonics, or using visible light signals to transmit data. The second generation, perhaps by the year 2020, will revolve around new types of optical processors. These “holographic computers” might use crystals that receive and manipulate data-laden images, processing information much faster than conventional computers.
The Mind At Light Speed – A New Kind of Intelligence