SCANNING EMERGING ISSUES OF THE FUTURE are a series of briefs produced by the Strategy & Change Program. The briefs in the series identify emerging strategic issues that are relevant for the four themes of S&C: security, technology & innovation, economy & society, and sustainable development.
For each of these issues, we explore policy implications across the four themes. To identify these issues, Strategy & Change employs an innovative approach analyzing a wealth of forward looking resources available on the Internet. This process is supported by Leximancer text mining software.
Developments in Nanoscale Memory
Research in the production of information storage devices (memory units) at a nanoscale offers exciting new engineering opportunities. New developments in memory technology pave the way for a significant reduction in physical size (more songs on an iPod), an increased data transfer rate (faster downloads), and an increased efficiency in energy usage (longer battery life). New technologies at a microscopic level that operate on molecule structures of materials enable these forthcoming improvements. While most
technological fields (e.g. computer science and engineering) experience linear technical progress to some extent, the introduction of engineering techniques at a nanoscale provides researchers with the tools to make exceptional technological breakthroughs.
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