Gerald Thurman, Computer Science faculty, Scottsdale Community College, discusses Approaching Infinite Computing: 10 ^18 in 2018, Monday, May 6, 2013, 5:30 pm, at the Science Cafe of South Scottsdale, Papago Brewing Company, 7107 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale.
“When it comes to thinking about today’s computing world, it helps to think seconds, not hours; minutes, not days; hours, not weeks; and so on. Think seconds that are approaching zero: nanoseconds, picoseconds, femtoseconds, attoseconds, and so on,” writes Thurman. “It is possible that the productivity of STEMers (Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Mathematicians) might increase by orders of magnitute because of faster execution times; more complex equations; calculations using smaller and larger numbers; and, the visualization of what happens when data approaches zero and/or infinity. STEMers can explore an almost infinite number of “what if” scenarios.”