When you search for something on Google, the query travels the Internet at a rate of hundreds of millions of miles per hour — a speed close to the speed of light. But the computer you searched on can’t work that fast, so the information actually has to slow down when it reaches your machine.
But one day, that could change. New research out of England has provided a blueprint for creating computers that can transfer information within a computer at the speed of light. Of course, transferring the information is just one part of the puzzle, as project lead Dr. Richard Curry, a Ph.D. who works at the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute, told The Huffington Post. Curry studies different applications for materials in electronic and optical technology.
“The aim would be to send data around the computer using light,” Curry said through a spokesperson via email. “The challenge would then be to be able to process that data at a similar rate.”