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How do scientists come up with new computers that can reach other countries in a matter of seconds?



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Why is it any more surprising to be able to reach other countries (electron- ically) in a few seconds than to reach across the US? In fact, that has been possible since the days of the telegraph, over a hundred years ago. What has changed is the quantity of information that can be simultaneously transferred - first through improvements in the electrical wiring, and then more recently through optical fibers and satellite communications. The people developing all this have not been so much scientists (although scientists were responsible for discovering things like electricity and lasers that make optical fibers possible) but the engineers and other developers at some of the big industrial communications companies. Similar- ly, improvements in computer speed have mostly been through industrial competition rather than scientific innovation. And these new wonderfully fast computers just drive everything else nowadays.

A Smith


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