Technologies: Premonitions of Innovation for 21st Century Intelligence"
Dr. Timothy Persons
A technology is considered “disruptive” when it achieves a
level of technological innovation that eventually overturns the existing
dominant technology (cf., Christensen and Bower “Disruptive
Technologies: Catching the Wave”). There are times when a disruptive
technology disturbs the status quo by either satisfying some technical
need that the older technology could not fill (viz., the size of computer
disks for laptops in the 1980s) or by successively achieving performance
improvements until finally displacing the incumbents (viz., the advent of
This talk will present two key disruptive technologies
which could have a profound influence on the future of the business of
intelligence: Computational Imaging Sensors (CIS) and Quantum Information
Science and Technology (QIS&T).
- CIS represents a revolutionary new approach to the
imaging task. Such systems exhibit jointly optimized optics, transduction,
algorithmic, form factor, power, and information factors which together are
tunable and can exhibit semi to fully autonomous, purposeful sensing in order
to solve the inverse problem. It is envisioned that this design approach will
lead to dramatic reductions in size, weight and form factors of the imaging
systems. The CIS approach has been successfully employed in a number of
imaging tasks including multi-aperture digital super-resolution, improved
dynamic range via amplitude diversity, enhanced feature discrimination via
spectral and polarization diversities, and have increased the depth of field
via wavefront coding.
- QIS&T is believed to be the second major revolution of
quantum mechanics (the first resulting in the transistor) and is characterized
as the fusion of quantum mechanics, computational, atomic, optical, and solid
state physics with the information sciences (computer science, coding theory,
etc.) This emerging field has profound implications with respect to
our understanding of computation, communications, and measurement systems.
Whereas classical concepts involving Turing computability or cryptographic
security have been based upon our thinking physically about computation, QIS&T
now forces us to think computationally about physics.
For each of these emerging disruptive technologies, nascent
experiments in each of these regimes will be presented and discussed.