IBM Makes a Microscopic Work of Art
Creating tiny, golden works of art may not seem like productive work for a scientist at IBM, but it's got some solid technological and business reasoning behind it. For example, the ability to effectively print such tiny works of art means that IBM can also print other things, like the actual internals of the CPU currently cooking away inside whatever computer you're using right now.
CPUs -- essentially, the computing parts of a computers-- are already marvels of gold and silicon micro-circuitry, but to make them faster, they must have even smaller internal circuits. At these nano-sized levels, the innards of CPUs can be literally "printed," a relatively easy method of mass-producing the circuitry, which will keep production costs down on the ever faster computers of the future. And that's the real beauty of this work of art.
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