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Can computers keep getting faster?

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Or is there a limit?
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Industrial computers keep getting faster, but as far as personal computers, the race to pump up the Ghz in the processor seems to be leveling out. These days the emphasis seems to be improving the performance of the GPU. This can also be seen in the PC class as far as the number of cores. For instance, the latest models of Apple's MacPros top out at eight cores, while the older models came in twelve core upgrades. The MacPros sport two GPUs in various iterations. The recent Mac Mini models only come in two-core models; previously there was a four-core model available. However, the Mini now comes with much-improved graphics. Other classes of computers, such as workstations and gaming computers, continue to be available with more cores, and of course, people who build their own can get more cores in their processors.

Another change is the emphasis on power consumption. Intel's latest improvements in their chips tend to be in the realm of decreased power consumption and heat output rather than increased speed. Part of this is the change in the market toward smart phone and tablet processors. There, size, heat and power consumption are more important than in a traditional desktop.

Those chips that keep getting faster and faster are generally used in industrial applications and are not available to the general public. We couldn't afford them anyway.

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From what I understand everything is just a marketing campaign. Manufacturers already know how to create faster computers and they could do a rhinitis they wanted to they just have to start working on a faster computer and then they would achieve the because technology is pretty straightforward and basic procedures and fundamentalists don't change.

People don't create faster computers because they want to make money so they continue operating just by a little bit every year so that people think that technology is developing but actually it's not that way technology is already there.. They just don't want to keep creating faster things unless you have money to pay for.

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As technology continues to advance I wouldn't be surprised to see computers grow in various ways including but not limited to processing speed.

I can imagine one day in the future computers will be robotic with the ability to perform physical tasks in your home in addition to the digital functions.

To put it in perspective, when the first astronauts went into space they has such little technology that today's smartphones have more processing power than the mission less than fifty years ago had when they went into space.

Thanks for asking.

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Computers can keep getting faster and faster. They are not as fast as they could be in the future but I am pretty sure there is a limit. Things like virus programs and extremely large hard drives slow the computers down. As computers get faster people make programs that require a really fast computer and the computer has larger hard drives. Speed is important but computers just need to be fast enough. People want computers that can do a lot.

Compared to the computers we have now the human brain is like a super supercomputer.

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Advances in technology are coming faster than ever - I don't think that this trend will end any time soon. By the time we get the package open, a gadget is already obsolete. Computers keep getting smaller and faster, phones keep getting smarter with better ways to connect to the web. I predict that the intermediaries like tablets and ipads will disappear as computers and phones merge, and more tech becomes wearable. I don't think it be long until surgically implantable devices come along.

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Computers keep getting faster. When we hit a road block or a limit in one area we come up with anoher method to make them faster. At some point though there will be no way to make them faster. Everything has a limit. Electrical signals can only travel a certain speed, its a law of physics. So at some point we will hit the wall where we simply cant make signals go any faster.

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With more home-based online business debuting on a daily basis, I would not be surprised if this idea is not being pursued by leading computer manufacturers like Apple, Acer, Hewlett Packard and many more.

There is a growing demand for super fast personal computers so someone in the design department should be investing time to develop this.

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Computers will keep getting faster, but they'll come a point when current materials will begin to hinder the process. That's when new materials will be looked at. Crystals for instance may eventually need to be used to not only support super fast speeds, but also hold lots of information.

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\yes, they will keep getting faster. At the same time, computer crimes will also will be skyrocketing.

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