In his inaugural lecture, Ronald de Wolf states
People are working with quantum objects, but trying to make them behave as classical as possible. (...) Instead of suppressing them to make systems behave as classically as possible, why not try to benefit from them?
While he goes on to state that looking at fully exploiting the quantum effects is more interesting, I do wonder if and how the 'naturally occurring' quantum effects on extremely small transistors could be used to get better classical (or perhaps some classical/quantum hybrid) computation.
Obviously, the design of those transistors needs to use quantum mechanics, but not necessarily quantum information or quantum computation theory.
Has there been any promising research or results in this direction? Or are the good reasons why this wouldn't work?