Data manipulation (memory, computation, communications, data mining, sensing) in its many forms drives our modern civilization. The continuous increase in hardware packing density and phenomenal decrease in cost (Moore’s law) has been key to the development of the information revolution. This was fueled by the discovery of revolutionary scientific concepts such as quantum mechanics, coupled with the development of quantum materials and devices. We are presently facing a similar situation in which new hardware concepts, based on transformative scientific concepts and novel materials are needed. This includes reevaluation of data manipulation concepts for software and systems and by necessity will require development of novel hardware including new device and materials concepts. I will describe the first steps using quantum materials to “develop a machine that works like the brain”.
Prof. Ivan K. Schuller, the director of the Center for Advanced Nanoscience (CAN) at the University of California-San Diego, is a Solid State Physicist. He is winner of major awards such as the Lawrence Award from the US Department of Energy, and several awards from the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society and the International Union of Materials Research Societies. He has also won several EMMY and other television awards for his science related movies. Prof. Schuller received his Licenciado from the University of Chile, PhD from Northwestern University and an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Spanish Universidad Complutense the largest European University. He is a member of the Latin American, Chilean, Spanish, Belgian and Colombian Academies of Science. His more than 650 papers and 20 patents have been dedicated to many aspects of solid state and materials physics in Nano and Meso science with possible applications to Neuromorphic Computing and Sensors. His extensive artistic activities have spanned the award-winning production and writing of plays, movies, YouTube videos and acting in a variety of venues. He was recently elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.