Sunday, June 15, 2008

My Tech Life & Pondering Moore's Law

This weekend I completed the first stage of a major purge of crap I have amassed since moving to Toronto ten years ago!... I stumbled across my Apple Newton MessagePad 100 and I have been contemplating the Path of technology and its impact on my life.
Below is a graphic of three devises that have provided essentially the same things, adding features along the way... Things at the time I could not live with out!

When I think of computers I started with a Commodore 64, a 8-bit home computer released by Commodore International in August, 1982, featureing 64 kilobytes (65,536 bytes) of RAM with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM-compatible computers of that time. I then moved at work to a Mac SE in 1984 with a 68000 Motorola 8MHz Processor, 4MB of RAM and something called a floppy disk drive! I came back to Mac in 1993 with the Quadra 610 with a 25Mhz processor. In 1997 I upgraded to the Performa 6400, My first power PC with a 200 Mhz CPU! In 2003 I bought my brothers used G4 Tower and in the past two years I have had two iMacs, the current one sporting a 2.8 GHz Intel processor, 4 gigs of RAM and a 1 TB HD!!! So in 26 years I have gone from 64 KBs to 4 Gigs of RAM!

This brings me to Moore's Law which states that computer technology grows exponentially and doubles every two years.... My path in this concept seems to be on track but has me wondering when and where will this end? There are theory's that indicate that we will have computers capable of artificial intelligence by 2019 at the current rate! Vocal interfaces are but a couple years off and the visual capabilities displayed in the movie Minority Report in a couple years after that!

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