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Birmingham Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique

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Cafes Scientifique are informal and lively discussion events around contemporary science issues that take place in local bars, cafes and pubs.  Taking place on the first Tuesday of every month, we feature a variety of local scientists and engineers, talking about their work and how it affects the average person in the street.  Always fun, sometimes controversial, these events are a great way to get to the heart of the matter.

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Tuesday 2nd Sept 2014

Dr Andrew Ellis

Aston University

Making light work of the internet

Many people will be familiar with the concept of Moore's Law that states that computers will become approximately twice as fast every 18 to 24 months, due to advances in transistor technology and how many can be packed into integrated circuits. When it comes to data transmission, a similar situation has tended to form with a linear increase in the amount of data carried, seemingly with no end in sight. This is one of the reasons why your broadband connection at home seems to be obsolete and slow in comparison to what they want to sell you!

However, we are now approaching the time where fundamental new ways of building computers and transmitting data are needed in order to maintain these or any increases in speed. Even with fibre optic technologies, there are limits to the amount of information that can be transmitted without melting the cables. Join Andrew Ellis from the Photonics Institute at Aston University and one-time World Record holder for data transfer to discuss what the future may hold.

6.30pm for 7.00pm start

The Jekyll and Hyde (upstairs Gin Parlour room)

28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ

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