The Future of Computing

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The Future of Computing

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“The Future of Computing” is a public presentation that examines trends in computing technology and predicts what the future of computing might hold for us. Visitors are introduced to the idea of smaller, nanoscale transistors as the key to faster, more capable computers – and the barriers we face in continuing to shrink transistors to advance our computing technology (heat build-up, fabrication issues due to their small size, and quantum effects). Possible solutions include new materials for transistors like carbon nanotubes and graphene, or new paradigms for information processing like optical or quantum computing. Visitors are also asked to consider how smaller, faster, better computers in the future might impact their lives – in both positive and negative ways. It's a slideshow presentation (lecture with a few live demonstrations) designed for medium-to-large audiences of teens/adults. It could should be shortened/simplified for audiences with younger kids.

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History and nature of science: 

5-8: Science as a human endeavor
9-12: Historical perspectives
9-12: Nature of scientific knowledge
9-12: Science as a human endeavor

Science and Technology: 

5-8: Abilities of technological design
5-8: Understanding about science and technology
9-12: Abilities of technological design
9-12: Understanding about science and technology

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: 

5-8: Risks and benefits
5-8: Science and technology in society
9-12: Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

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