This is gonna sound weird, but I wanna put it out there nonetheless.
I don't know if you're familiar with how electronics work deep down, but I'm gonna assume that you do know. If you don't, turn back now.
I've been thinking about how fascinating the modern world has taken advantage of the semiconductor technology over the past few decades. But I can't help but notice that we might have overlooked something along the way. There's something that we missed, either because it's impossible to achieve or because it's stupidity. Either way, it's something much more subtle than quantum computing.
It began when I was thinking about how we have come to where we are now. It used to be that we considered metals to be nothing more than tools for battle. Then we discovered electricity. Further down the line, we discovered semiconductors and the age of electronics was born. But I think we might be stuck in a situation very similar to what we were at when we didn't know of the existence of semiconductors. At those times we used to think of metals having conductivity properties and that was it. We didn't care about how it was arranged on an atomic level. Now however, we can design the semiconductor crystalline lattices and doping with impurities to create marvelous electronic devices. What if we were seeing these individual 'atoms' the same way we looked at 'metal' as a whole back then, when we didn't know about semiconductors?
The thought I had is this. We're assuming that the atoms show properties based on its composition in nucleus, and we know that to be the case. Like how many protons and neutrons it has. What if, like with metals as a whole, atoms can be 'designed' to show extraordinary properties? We could arrange the nucleons in specific ways so as to have it affect the flow of electronics much like the way semiconductor materials affect them in its crystalline structures. If we could achieve that, the devices we could build with it would be more reliable and tamper resistant that today's electronics which is very easy to be damaged (a slightly different application of voltage than what was designed, might destroy the semiconductor structure).
I know what I'm proposing is impossible to build with today's technology if it's even possible to begin with. I could be just making up things that don't even deserve to be in a science fiction story. But I wanted to put it out there. We achieved quantum computing. Who's to say that this has no foundation unless they have proved it to be false.
I know I'm not capable of even attempting to start thinking on this. But if someone out there, who does have the necessary knowledge, does find something in this to have a look at, I'm satisfied with that.
For the last time, I know how stupid I sound.