A semiconductor can conduct electricity or act as an insulal or. Microchips are mostly fabricated from silicon because of its effective semi-conducting properties. Semiconductor microchips are ubiquitous in almost all electronic devices.
Engineers use silicon to build a circuits gates and switches. Silicon is not like copper or insulating as glass. It's in between. Silicon transistors use semiconductor wafers as on and off switches. Currently microchip have billions are transistors and growing. The switches in transisitors power electronic diveces, such as CPU, are currently the most efficient manner of calculating mathematical and logical processess.
Silicon is used in CCDs because of it's semiconducting properties.
The simple answer is price. Silicon is the second most abundant material on earth after Carbon.
Eventually other materials, will have to be used to get faster computers and smaller components etc. But these other materials are far more expensive to procure and tooling is limited. One 100mm Silicon Wafer Prime Grade in large quantities can be sold for around $10.00 each or less. Silicon Carbide, a much stronger material is very difficult to work with and, currently, costs 30x as much as the same sized silicon wafer!
But you will most likely see more expensive electronics that can do more in the next ten years, but you will pay a premium over silicon.
This may create a socials problem as wealthier people would be able to afford a $10,000.00 laptop while the rest will have to make do with handheld devices.
What the outcome will be is beyond the scope of this web site. But it will be interesting to watch.