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The technology could, by 2060, yield a one-petaflop computer -- something that once would have covered half a football field, but made small enough to fit on a desktop, the researchers said.
"We want to fit a supercomputer inside a sugarcube,"
"The human brain is 10,000 times more dense and efficient than any computer today.
"That's possible because it uses only one -- extremely efficient -- network of capillaries and blood vessels to transport heat and energy -- all at the same time," he said.
Human brains run on 20 watts of energy, whereas today's supercomputers can consume 85,000 watts.
"Ninety-nine percent of a computer's volume is devoted to cooling and powering," Michel said. "Only 1 percent is used to process information. And we think we've built a good computer?"
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