Recently IBM in conjunction with Samsung announced they had developed a 7nm 20 billion transistor processor. It is stated to be 50% faster and made of a silicon-germanium alloy.
So what is so significant about those stats?
Well consider a current Intel processor is 14nm with 2 billion transistors and an average of say 4.2GhZ. Using Moore's Law it should in theory take another 10-20 years to reach what IBM/Samsung has announced. To put into perspective.
A 7nm footprint with 20 billion transistors at say 7GhZ speed. Now take that die and combine it with 7 others to get an 8 core processor.
Currently an Intel 8 core will give you 2x8=16 billion transistors at 4.2GhZ. That is awesome computing power.
BUT, with IBM/Samsung's processor we get...
20x8=160 billion transistors at 7GhZ. Stop and think. If the thought of AI or Skynet has entered your thinking than good. So now suppose you created a 16 core processor...
20x16=320 billion transistors, you can see that for the first time we are approaching the trillion mark.
Here's my thinking. Will this be enough to crack the Riemann Hypothesis? What is that you ask?
Well that https is an encrypted website. The SSL certificate is created using the Remiann Hypothesis. It states that you can take any two prime numbers from the indefinite number scale at random, add them and that total becomes your key and it is then impossible to subtract in any way to find the original two prime numbers. This works because no human brain has the ability to crack it. Since the dawn of computers man has been trying using computers, but computer technology is currently too weak. There is a 1 million dollar prize to anyone who can crack it. Every government wants to and every hacker dreams about it.
The one who does kills all technology. If the Riemann Hypothesis is cracked the Internet is 100% useless. No banking, no credit transaction, no nothing. There is not other option for SSL.
I believe that with enough computer cores this IBM/Samsung chip will crack the Riemann Hypothesis.
Can you imagine going back to using paper money, a wired wall phone and paper and pen? That is just where this jump in technology may take us. Of course many will have evil designs for it, too numerous to mention. Just think a die so small...IBM believes they can take it to 4nm. That is less than half the size of your fingernail. Where could that computer hide?
Will this chip introduce Skynet or Star Trek?
Given mankind's abuse of technology we can look forward to Skynet.
This article although based on a real advancement by IBM/Samsung is written in a fictional distopian sort of manner...or is it?
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