Semiconductors and the Age of Intelligence

Over the last 50 years scientists, technologists and users have created the tidal wave known as Moore’s law (transistor density doubling every two years, functionality doubling every 18 months) and societies around the world have transformed as a result. Smart functional devices made from semiconductors, piezoelectric materials, magnetic materials, etc. have ushered in the knowledge age. What are the challenges and opportunities from the point of view of “sustainable good life”?

Enabling Technologies of Optoelectronics

“But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” and “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that; hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. From Shakespeare to Martin Luther King, light is associated with enlightenment, beauty, love, and optimism. We will examine what great experiences optoelectronics brings to our lives through display, communication, search and fantasy.

Semiconductors and the Hunt for Sustainable Energy

The ever-giving sun sends the earth nearly 10,000 times the power humans currently use. How we divert and use this power with minimal disturbance to the earth’s ecosystem is a complex challenge. Technologies based on semiconductors contribute to solutions in three ways: 1) Convert solar energy to electrical and chemical energy; 2) provide intelligence to use energy efficient technologies; 3) provide guidance to make our journeys coherent thus greatly reducing the loss of usable energy.

Challenges Still Unmet: Sensors and Sources

Resources needed for travelling the path of any sustainable journey consist of knowledge, infrastructure, ability, energy, mindfulness and optimism. Technology has made great contributions to knowledge, infrastructure and energy. What sort of new devices and applications will provide the other resources? Can sensors cheer us up when we are down? Help us release stress? Can sensors nudge us is we are losing sight of our journey?

Age of Mindfulness: Technology as Guide and Mentor?

Agriculture age, industrial age, information age, E-commerce age and the age of robotic manufacturing – what is next? As technology creates abundance and excess (of food, goods, gadgets, information and new experiences) human wellness increasingly depends on mindfulness. In developed countries human discomfort is already being driven primarily by the mind. Technologies of imaging applied by neuroscientists show that the age of mindfulness is coming. Neuroscience, meditation, yoga and culture will couple with technologies of imaging and processing to allow us to better understand and control our mind wellness. As with the birth of other ages this will cause agonies and opportunities.