Neural-Dimensional Computers are a technology breakthrough developed during the first Star League.
Description & History
Neural-Dimensional Computing is the process of phasing and modulating light beams in a photon coursing computer ('Photon Coursing' being what long replaced electrical wiring in contemporary computers); Based on the principles of Neural-Dimensional computing, a new basic component of computing was invented - the Light Tree.
Using Neural-Dimensional Computers as a basis, computer designers created the SIBYL, a computer patterned after a Human brain - it's capability for calculations and rational decision-making as a quantum leap in computer technology, although it failed in achieving the designers hopes of replicating human-like thought.
These potent discoveries were made by several research groups during the Star League era, in turn were restricted by the Terran Hegemony (as was the norm with the Mother Doctrine) and then supplied to their own military.
- A logical assumption is that 'Photon Coursing' is a retro Sci-Fi term for Optical Computing or at least Fiber Optic wiring
- The SIBYL computer could more or less be the goal of the real-life Human Brain Project.
- Although described as having "a sophisticated array of neural networks and simulation engines", it is unknown how, if at all, what relevance Neural-Dimensional Computers have concerning the Advanced Tactical Analysis Computer, a component of the Star League's Space Defense System. (Source: Interstellar Operations: Alternate Eras, pg. 139)
- The Star League (sourcebook), pg. 54-55: Economic and Scientific Advances - Other Major Technological Breakthroughs