A leading technical organised called the Semiconductor Industry Association has produced a study which said that computer-crazy society will be running short of electricity by 2040.

“Computing will not be sustainable by 2040, when the energy required for computing will exceed the estimated world’s energy production,” it wrote.

The Semiconductor Industry Association meets every year to discuss how electronic components called transistors — which power computer circuits — can be made ever smaller.

Now the organisation is conceding that they probably won’t get any tinier, heralding the end of an era where computers got faster and faster as transistors shrunk to every tinier sizes.

“Driverless cars and personalized medicine along with countless other applications of intelligent systems are on the horizon,” the Semiconductor Industry Association added.


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