Technology can be led by semiconductor-based inventions that are more powerful than just minor changes. A silicon solar cell gets a lot of energy as conventional models but at a tenth of the thickness, while diamonds can be practical enough to replace silicon with processors and deliver a giant speed upgrade (up to 1
While the group focuses on using AI to tweak electrical properties, they push that it can also be used for optical and thermal traits. The challenge is to implement the strain, especially in the complexity levels needed for chips. Even the smartphone processors have billions of transistors – it can be a long time before your handset is enjoying the diamond boost speed. This is a start, though, and this implies that strain engineering can be a solution to limit solar energy and computing power.