Future Electronics

Most computers today rely on silicon chips to crunch their numbers — but what will the computers of tomorrow use? Host Ira Flatow leads a discussion of the physics and materials science needed to take computing on beyond silicon. We'll hear about technologies from carbon nanotubes to self-assembling surfaces, and talk about the work needed to bring laboratory phenomena onto the desktop. Plus, a look at a transparent transistor.

Guests:

Stanley Williams
* Director, Quantum Science Research
* HP Labs
* Palo Alto, California

Thomas Theis
* Director, Physical Science Research
* IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center
* Yorktown Heights, New York

John Wager
* Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
* Oregon State University
* Corvallis, Oregon