Engineering Expressiveness

As computers empower engineering expressiveness, they also plot to take it away

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Illustration: Arthur Giron
Illustration: Arthur Giron

I keep hearing an ad on a local radio station touting a course that will give you a “million-dollar vocabulary.” According to the ad, after only a few hours of studying the course material, you will be using big, powerful words that will impress people with your intelligence.

The thought occurs to me that we could fix this shortcoming in written communication. Your word processor could come up with a helpful pop-up. “I see you’re using small words, like ‘pay,’” it would say. “Perhaps you’d like to substitute the word ‘remuneration.’”

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The Transistor of 2047: Expert Predictions

What will the device be like on its 100th anniversary?

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Six men and a woman smiling.

The luminaries who dared predict the future of the transistor for IEEE Spectrum include: [clockwise from left] Gabriel Loh, Sri Samavedam, Sayeef Salahuddin, Richard Schultz, Suman Datta, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and H.-S. Philip Wong.

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The 100th anniversary of the invention of the transistor will happen in 2047. What will transistors be like then? Will they even be the critical computing element they are today? IEEE Spectrum asked experts from around the world for their predictions.

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