The internet of the future could download Red Dead Redemption 2 in nanoseconds

Get ready for blisteringly fast internet, folks. But don’t rush; you’ve got plenty of time to prepare for it. A team of researchers in Europe has developed a new way to transmit data (opens in new tab) at speeds that dwarf the fastest internet connections in the world – and they’ve done so using just a simple chip and light beam.

The team – comprised of researchers from the Technical University of Denmark and the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden – designed a system that uses a photonic chip to split a beam of light into more than 8,000 different color frequencies, with each color isolated and used as a separate medium for carrying data.

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