Future Computers

What Will Computers Look Like in 30 Years?

my first computer. A Data General Nova

64 is the New 16

The picture above is the front panel from my very first computer, a 1982, Data General Nova 1200. It was the cat's pajamas because it allowed me to enter two characters (16 bits) at a time, instead of eight bits (a byte). I was pleased as punchcards to enter my ten-letter name in under a minute in binary code. Today, I talk into my 64 bit smart phone, and as quick as my kids, it talks back.

My point, (before I forget it), is that I went from toggle switches to voice recognition in just 30 years. From DOS to Windows. From the first Mac to the latest iPhone. From Pong to Angry Birds. What advancements will I, (yes, I mean me), see in the next 30 years? What changes in computers will you see in your lifetime? It's truly mind boggling.

Moore's Law

Before posting an article about the future of computers, any blogger worth their weight in silicon will research Moore's Law, the law named after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore.

Moore's Law, (more of an observation turned prediction that has more or less held up), is described in this Intel infographic:

Moore's Law

Since transistors are the work horses of a computer, doubling the transistors generally means doubling the computer processing power. And it's not just CPUs that are improving at an exponential rate. Every couple of years, storage devices like memory and hard drives are bigger and faster, displays are better, and cameras capture better images.

Moore's law describes a driving force of technological and social change, productivity, and economic growth - wikipedia
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons


More$ Law

From Boyle to Newton, the best laws are self-explanatory, come with a catchy phrase and a cool drawing. There is probably some research that goes along with it, but I imagine that can be exhausting. Based on my personal (computer) experiences, I propose a new technology predicting law.

Every two years I have to buy a new computer and it costs me about the same.

Computers of Tomorrow

Today's computers operate using semiconductors, metals and electricity. Future computers might use atoms, dna or light. Moore's Law predicts doubling, but when computers go from quartz to quantum, the factor will be off the scale.

What would the world be like, if computers the size of molecules become a reality? These are the types of computers that could be everywhere, but never seen. Nano sized bio-computers that could target specific areas inside your body. Giant networks of computers, in your clothing, your house, your car. Entrenched in almost every aspect of our lives and yet you may never give them a single thought.

What will computers look like in 30 years? Trick question. You won't see them at all.

Ubiquitous computers are in the works.

Grasping the Technologies

Understanding the theories behind these future computer technologies is not for the meek. My research into quantum computers was made all the more difficult after I learned that in light of her constant interference, it is theoretically possible my mother-in-law could be in two places at once.

If you have the heart, take a gander at the most promising new computer technologies. If not, dare to imagine the ways that billions of tiny, powerful computers will change our society.

Quantum Computers

Optical Computers

DNA Computers


About Jack Hanson

Jack Hanson

Jack is not your typical future technology blogger. As an early baby boomer, he's lost a bit of his bang. Not intending to be cruel, Facebook recently notified him that his schoolmates at General Equivalency Diploma, really want to be friends again. His yearly income averages just above his monthly urges. In spite of that, or because of it, Jack has a lust for living, a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire to contribute to a better future for all.


A nerdy social misfit with a head full of phobias and a quirky sense of humor, his personality has been described as "Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory--without the genious part."


Jack Hanson is solely responsible for the articles, editing and web design of FutureForAll.org.

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