While Intel's employees are proud of creating a processor that has the pin head size, researchers Philipp del Hougne and Geoffroy Lerosey are working on something completely different (Via: Ars Technica).
Instead of shrinking the size of the silicon chip, they try to turn the entire house into a giant processor.
How can researchers achieve this unusual dream? The basic idea revolves around the fact that frequency waves can be used to perform analogue calculations. But it is something that has not gone through theory in practice.
In a new approach, they used its very familiar wave frequencies WiFi and made them reflect on the walls. According to the researchers, as waves travel, they are already performing calculations when they overlap each other. The only problem is that these calculations are random and at this point programming is taking place.
In other words, due to construction and scaling problems, it is difficult to create a system that can make calculations that do not produce random results.
If there are two waves, in order to achieve a successful calculation, the path followed by the waves should be checked and then the width of each one added.
Another challenge in this application is the interdependence of the different radiations and the various factors associated with them.
While using wifi waves for calculation may seem like an experiment you may want to try, there are many technical drawbacks that make it - at the moment - impossible to apply.