Continued performance enhancements and power reduction are likely but continued device shrinkage is not possible through "transistor alternatives". No other devices have come remotely close to the size of a leading edge silicon transistor. And by the time the "alternatives" catch up with the sizes of silicon devices, the Moore's law would have ended long time ago.
In the U.S., these six were called "supplemental"--a follow on to 24 earlier grants. In Europe and Asia there are similar ongoing nanoscale and quantum research efforts aimed at making the atomic scale work for us, instead of against us.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.