Mind at light speed
The book starts by looking at three phases of the development of optical technology - optoelectronics, all-optical devices and quantum optics - and considers the performance gains at each stage. Now optical computation is an obvious choice for image processing, and Nolte examines how this compares with the way our brains process visual information and then goes on to look at how such processors might be able to deal with language. This leads on to the possibilities of artificial intelligence based on optical processing. The last two chapters look at quantum technology comes into the picture, with its potential for cryptography and teleportation.