HP's memristor continues to catch attention as a fundamentally new and disruptive technological component: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/25018/?a=f The memristor can function as low-power non-volatile memory, and is also capable of performing both logic and memory operations. It also seems capable of reproducing some aspects of a neuron's behavior. What kind of impact will this fundamentally new electronic device have on our technology? Will future system designs look more FPGA-like? I'm thinking that the trend towards mobile devices will benefit, because of the memristor's low-power features. I think that deep thinkers like Google should push to get involved, because of the deep benefits that memristors could provide them. Google has always said the thermal management issues are a top challenge for their data centers, and perhaps memristor-based systems could help address that. Google is also trying to get in on the trend towards mobile devices. I'm wondering if memristors could make search algorithms more efficient. They'd probably be a better bet than D-Wave's poorly understood quantum weirdness. If the Google generation aspire to turn the planet into one big wired brain, then maybe memristors could give a significant boost to that.