The Post-Apocalyptic Microchip
If World War III ended with a few scrappy scavengers in a desolate, nuclear wasteland, I can imagine several technologies being easy to rebuild. A wheel is simple and could be crudely constructed by anyone. With some engineering experience, you could likely find the scraps and basic tools needed to build something like a water pump. But could even the greatest engineer in electronics rebuild or repair a CPU? Blunt tools would be insufficient for the nano-scale precision required. Some materials, such as rare earth metals, might be impossible to find. Some technology production clearly relies on multibillion dollar infrastructure.
- “Making Microchips” by Gary Anthes, Computerworld
- “Student Plans Complete Nuclear Bomb”, Spokane Daily Chronicle, 9 October 1976. “Dr. Frank Chilton, a California nuclear scientist who specializes in nuclear explosion engineering, said Phillips’ design, outlined in a 34-page paper, would be ‘pretty much guaranteed to work.’”
The image above was remixed using the following source image:
- “Nomad Circuits, Digital DNA, City of Palo Alto, Art in Public Places, 9.01.05, California, USA 9344”, by Wonderlane (CC BY 2.0)