Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, the director of The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, spoke about "how bits meets atoms" at the recent "Frontiers of IT" colloquium at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
"Projecting to exascale, we're heading toward 10-to-the-20 [operations per second]. The universe does 10-to-the-120 ops! There isn't a word for that. There's 10-to-the-100 head room we haven't reached. Why not?"