The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand

  • Published on Mar 13, 2019
  • The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and augmented reality, we need to pack even more computing power into our computer chips -- and we're running out of space. In this forward-thinking talk, technology developer Karl Skjonnemand introduces a radically new way to create chips. "This could be the dawn of a new era of molecular manufacturing," Skjonnemand says.
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Comments • 208

  • Hamza Shaheed
    Hamza Shaheed 2 months ago

    You will be slaved, and brainwashed. People wake up they want to control you.

  • foldr
    foldr 3 months ago

    There's plenty of room at the bottom.

  • Sujur Ramalingam
    Sujur Ramalingam 4 months ago

    Extraordinary, well presented 👏👏👏

  • Shincy Rajith
    Shincy Rajith 5 months ago

    What happens when two different layer needed to be connected they will interact with each other and cause disruption

  • The Real LA Reid
    The Real LA Reid 5 months ago

    This technology is already in use. I have a self assembling chip in the left side of my brain and illegal testing is being conducted on my body and brain. I was poisoned by Charlie Evans of Oakland, CA with Smart Dust from 8/2013 - December 2016, after he stole my DNA. On August 6 , 2017 while talking on the phone a piercing blast was sent though my phone and into my left ear. I have suffered with tinnitus since. Now the left side of my head is enlarged. I am monitored and tracked 24/7. These illegal non-consenting experiments are being conducted all across the world but mostly be my previous employer Univiersity of California, here in California. They pick people who they feel lives is of no value ( women and minorities). In addition to the non-consenting experiments they have Community Organized Policing in place to harass us to keep the focus off what is really going on. i have nano piezoelectric crystals in my ears, nano charged film in my eyes, and my eyes now glow in the dark under UV light. In addition they have given bottom-feeder criminals Ronnica Evans of Hayward, CA, Lorena (Rena) Wallace of Oakland, CA, Marjorie Edmond of Oakland, CA and their Organized Crime Ring, all access to watch me through my eyes and monitor me via Remote Neural Monitoring and viewing. Yes these people are hacking bodies. It all sounds so unbelievable! I know what I am saying many will think I am delusional. However, I wish I was delusional so I could get medication and this nightmare would be over. I am speaking my truth and one day soon, everyone will see and know, that I am telling the God's honest truth. Oh, I have also had murder attempts on my life for speaking the truth. I am 26 years clean and sober, no criminal record and I move to a city to try and escape the technology and harassment and it continues. Complete strangers trying to murder a 58 year old woman for no reason is not normal. This entire New World Order is nothing but a depopulation agenda. Chip the human brain, hit the 5G switch, fry us and send in FEMA with their portable crematorium. Here is video proof of the technology in my body and the murder attempt on my life.

  • divinefallfromgrace
    divinefallfromgrace 5 months ago

    If we can use empty DNA strands to store vast amounts of data, is there no way we could apply this to transistors also?

  • Svetlin Totev
    Svetlin Totev 5 months ago +2

    This is flawed on so many levels.....
    First of all the main problem with the miniaturisation of transistors is a quantum mechanical problem that can simply be described as the probability of the transistor giving the wrong answer or the voltage required to make it give the correct answer is just impractical.
    Then there is the problem that processors or other silicon components are not made of repeating patterns. They are made of MOSTLY repeating patterns that are occasionally broken. The complexity of editing the perfectly repeating patterns to make the mostly repeating patterns is way too high to be worth doing. It is so much easier to literally print the diagrams of the chips.
    The cost of printing chips is not the fact that the initial cost is high. In fact even the maintenece of the machines insn't that high. It's the cost of the production methods that is so high.
    As you described here the method you suggest has many of the complexities of the printing method like requiring ridiculously pure substances which is way easier to achieve when you are filtering out one type of atom rather than filtering a complex molecule.
    No mather what method you use the information of the final pattern of the chip needs to somehow get to the waffer so you can't avoid printing in any way. You can change the method of printing but you can't avoid the need for it.
    A breakthrough in computer technology would come from developing cheaper 3D chip manufacturing or atomic level logic gates and not from fantacising about using a basic manufacturing method for making basic shapes and using it to make a complex shape. The information defining the chip needs to come from somewhere...

  • Say my name? Harambe
    Say my name? Harambe 5 months ago

    Did anyone thought if this can happen, the major problem will be cancer molecules.

  • Secret Recipe
    Secret Recipe 5 months ago

    My guess is we will get fentom computing for daily use in the household before quantum computing

  • Jershna
    Jershna 5 months ago

    Yea, this would help make smaller transistors. But, what about the limiting effects of quantum tunneling?

  • A Day In The Life
    A Day In The Life 5 months ago

    Inefficient hardware and software design won't be solved with quantum computing. More layers, bigger chips, parallel architecture, lower level language programming. A bigger closet just collects more shoes you don't ware.

  • Franklin R. Futch Jr.
    Franklin R. Futch Jr. 5 months ago

    Someone Get This Guy An Award Quick!

  • Pasta Farii
    Pasta Farii 5 months ago

    must be cold there, i can see his nipples

  • Allucardsin
    Allucardsin 5 months ago

    This is a good idea and if this can be combined with additive manufacturing it can be even better.

  • Damon Blade
    Damon Blade 5 months ago

    So basically this guy is trying to create a computer that can pysicaly grow and mentally on its own.
    Like those machines from battlestar gallactica ? Well I for one welcome our new machine overlords !!

  • bert havermout
    bert havermout 5 months ago

    Computers inside your body "how cool is that". "That we all enjoy today". Speak for yourself!!! Mr, Carl, We may enjoy having a Mobile phone but we also may enjoy having a joint.

  • Taylor Mann
    Taylor Mann 5 months ago

    I wonder if sound could be used to make the nano partucals self a desired pattern

    • Taylor Mann
      Taylor Mann 5 months ago

      @vroomik nice....

    • vroomik
      vroomik 5 months ago

      it's in the comments... It's called cymatics, look at Hans Jenny work. We just need more research

  • Robert Galletta
    Robert Galletta 5 months ago


  • JustMe
    JustMe 5 months ago

    When physical limits reached, then need go for mental limitations ;D :)

  • W Something
    W Something 5 months ago

    Disappointed he didn’t go on to explain how the transistors are attached to, or work with these molecular chains / structures.

  • Left TechnoLibertarian Party of YouTube

    Hardware has always been a limitation on software. It's not new. And the challenge with smaller transistors is not manufacturing cost. It is quantum effects which make transistors unworkable.
    Progress in hardware requires new kinds of chips, not new ways to make them!

  • finlanderxx
    finlanderxx 5 months ago +1

    I thought this talk was about self assembling paperclip replicators which would eat all material in the world and in the universe.

    • W Something
      W Something 5 months ago +1

      finlanderxx that’s the end result of this work 😏

  • Mark Jacobson
    Mark Jacobson 5 months ago

    he says implanted computers are "cool" and that AI software which is a foreign form of "intelligence" and which is entirely devoid of thinking and compassion, is the way for humans to go. that makes him the enemy.

    • Pugpugpugs
      Pugpugpugs 5 months ago

      implanted computers are cool

  • SquillyMon
    SquillyMon 5 months ago +3

    Using queue cards instead of a tablet to describe the miracles of miniaturization of transistors and computing power... lol

  • Jay alva
    Jay alva 5 months ago +1

    Just so Huawei can go in and steal all this hardwork 😒😒😒😒

  • Joe Delisle
    Joe Delisle 5 months ago


  • Shen Zhou
    Shen Zhou 5 months ago

    The speaker should learn news about DNA self assembly. DNA molecules cam be programmed to any 3d nano structures desirable.

    • W Something
      W Something 5 months ago

      Shen Zhou The issue is probably with consistency and Percision.

  • jose rizal
    jose rizal 6 months ago

    you guys do the hard work and china just do the easy work, copy or steal it! hehehehehehe

  • Rjk
    Rjk 6 months ago

    Hardware got eaten up by Software? My CPU and RAM are constantly on "bored" status. And I'm working with average stuff... The only thing I experience is, that LTE and connectivity are laggy 🤷‍♂️

    • Rjk
      Rjk 6 months ago

      Btw. Transistor development stuck, because we're reaching physical limits...see Nvidias Product presentation in 2017.

  • Rylan W
    Rylan W 6 months ago

    If you have a cross section and a beam combined with a very high frequency and a method of aiming it to the precision of hitting a specific atom. Then it could be possible to fuse manufacture stuff atom by atom.

  • DeePal072
    DeePal072 6 months ago +1

    5:28 and then came Butlerian Jihad ...

  • wassollderscheiss33
    wassollderscheiss33 6 months ago +2

    He didn't get it. Sorry. The truth is, the hardware is just fine for the most part. But software developers take the power of fast hardware as a given and just don't spend much effort on efficency. Actually most computer software today is implemented rather stupid, reducing time to market by not optimizing code. If there was a shortage in hardware performance, software could rather easily be made much faster by implementations that considered performance. There are obvious exceptions like games and video editing and compilers for example. But even there you'll find the trend I mentioned. For example there are more and more games that work directly in the browser, although a browser is a much much less suitable platform for that kind of software than your original operating system is.

  • epSos Premium
    epSos Premium 6 months ago +4

    Beautiful idea. Let's hope it works out.
    We could have replicator technology, if materials assemble in useful forms for us.
    Better tools and better things will come from this magic !

  • Invox
    Invox 6 months ago +2

    Ah Science... Finally Ted.

    • Jimmy Bell
      Jimmy Bell 3 months ago

      Get it and you will be separated from God forever.
      I think you know this already tho.
      Repent in Jesus Name.
      Hells not a party.

  • 4G12
    4G12 6 months ago

    We already have self assembling computers. They're called living organic brains.

  • BurnGiordano
    BurnGiordano 6 months ago +1

    Lower cost and higher efficiency, across how much tech, but never vehicles.. Thats a lot of time wasted.

  • Sonja Brajkina
    Sonja Brajkina 6 months ago +12

    This talk is like startup presentation.

    • anony mous
      anony mous 5 months ago

      Sounds similar to an iPhone presentation lol.
      "I present to you, the iChip"

  • tom7865
    tom7865 6 months ago

    Pitching for investment through TED!?

    • Skull Kid
      Skull Kid 6 months ago

      It's about public awareness, drawing interest, and hopeful endeavors.
      Nothing wrong with that, gotta get the money to fund these projects somehow.

    • Vitor Oliveira
      Vitor Oliveira 6 months ago

      I aways though this was the whole purpose of TED

  • AlphaOmega
    AlphaOmega 6 months ago +1

    sheer insanity

  • Erik Thiart
    Erik Thiart 6 months ago

    Bit of a boring video stating age old facts.

  • Pat Trainor
    Pat Trainor 6 months ago +11

    Wait a second, Karl Skjonnemand. I thought the idea was to allow for imperfections by having multiple, simultaneous/parallel 'cips' or whatever, that are checked against each other. IOW, fault tolerant by design, the kind of design that accepts that there are faults and justs moves on.
    I cannot see a viable future where perfection is the requirement, and imperfection is failure. Humans-and nature-don't work that way. And if you are going to emulate nature, you may as well learn ALL the lessons it is offering you.

  • tester moving
    tester moving 6 months ago

    I am from India. All my student friends are just got to know there is somethings called Quantum computer. We want the world stop spinning for a while.

  • Vasile Sulica
    Vasile Sulica 6 months ago

    I read a article about this in 2004 in scientific American is not about self asambing chip but self asambing mask for graving the chip

  • mmisbach
    mmisbach 6 months ago +1

    Rate of miniaturizing transistors is slowing down, and not keeping up with the rate of software innovation. Complexity of the manufacturing process is the problem. Molecular engineering will help us break-through by using self assembling materials instead of expensive machines. These nano-structure transistors can be manufactured using chemical engineering. #TedTalk

  • Josh Gunn
    Josh Gunn 6 months ago +4

    I bet they're lining up the transistors
    Using cymatics

  • gut rot
    gut rot 6 months ago

    Not good for the human body

  • Different
    Different 6 months ago +1

    nature is insanely complex, chaos everywhere and errors, millions of errors.. And through the chaos comes order, through the errors and successes the total is a structured "thing".
    Meanwhile we already got order in our fabrication processes.
    good luck creating perfect order using molecular engineering and chemistry to create perfect order.

  • Baga Inferno
    Baga Inferno 6 months ago


  • alok Jha
    alok Jha 6 months ago

    jobless creation 😂

  • Rickbearcat
    Rickbearcat 6 months ago +1

    I'm going to assume here that the production of these self-assembling structures is the easy part. The hard part or bottleneck is getting them to assemble properly on a substrate suitable for conducting electricity and signals through it. Also known as the PCB, which is the interface that connects to the motherboard of a conventional PC.

  • Evren Bekdaş
    Evren Bekdaş 6 months ago


  • DjSapsan
    DjSapsan 6 months ago +1

    Speaker moving like a robot

  • maze case
    maze case 6 months ago

    I still dont understand anything

  • maze case
    maze case 6 months ago

    Distance =periodicity

  • maze case
    maze case 6 months ago

    Block po lymer chains hate each other , but we bond them to build frustration. It squirms to form a shape this shape is ina nanoscale.

  • maze case
    maze case 6 months ago

    Summery:- transistors got smaller, but helped us compute ! Transistors are not getting smaller through time. Our hardware could limit our development ! The semiconductor industry is working on quantum computers to robust and efficiancy ! Were lookimg for immediate solution . The complexity of the transistor after development is slowing the process down. We can put smaller transistors in chips . Everything is built on the silicon wafer . The process is improving. Molecular engineering and mimicking !

  • Alpha Strength
    Alpha Strength 6 months ago

    Resourses are extremely important

  • RAV3N
    RAV3N 6 months ago

    Wonderful manufacturing ideas! There is still the quantum problem with increasingly miniaturized transistors. Quantum tunneling is still a problem that needs a solution. Transistors need a breakthrough in design or need a replacement technology. That may spell out the end of manufacturing transistors in this method before it begins or soon after. That being said, I am certain your self assembly technology will be very useful still.

  • Morten Brodersen
    Morten Brodersen 6 months ago

    Those bad "hugry software engineers" hahahaha :D

    • Aj195
      Aj195 6 months ago

      You're one?

  • Lamborghini Husky
    Lamborghini Husky 6 months ago

    Terminator anyone? Something being able to assemble it self is never a good idea

    • Feroce
      Feroce 6 months ago +1

      It doesn't have a brain, so it can only make single predetermined shapes and can't replicate itself. It's harmless.