Science: Crystal Memory

The most important part of a brain, human or electronic, is its memory—a place where information can be stored until it is needed. Electronic memories cannot approach human ones. Their capacity is small, and the storage places (electron tubes, magnetic drums and the like) are bulky. Some of them can remember only for fractions of a second. If the memories are stored on punchcards or magnetic tapes, the machine cannot bring them to mind without slow mechanical pondering.

In the current Electrical Engineering, J. R. Anderson of Bell Telephone Laboratories tells about a new...

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