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Moore's Law was created in 1965 by Gordon Moore. It has accurately predicted the trend of the amount of transistors that can be present on an integrated circuit. From Wikipedia: "Moore's Law is a driving force of technological and social change in the late 20th and early 21st centuries."

And now Gordon Moore himself is saying that his "law" will soon be obsolete.

Moore's Law was taught to us in Computer Concepts class Freshman year of college (this was 6 years ago).
It's freaky to me that in another 20 years, this will be taught in the History of Computing instead of a core class. It gives me chills that we are all here - connected to the internet - and observing and participating in history! Who'da thunk it?

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dracheitskara
Sep. 21st, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
In order for Moore's Law to continue, we'd have to be building chips with sub atomic particles in just a few years...
memeslayer
Sep. 21st, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Someone on Slashdot linked to a paper that calculated the best theoretically possible computer according to our current understanding of things like thermodynamics and relativity. Each transistor was a planck length unit in size, and the computer was a perfect sphere. All signals propagated at the speed of light. It could do something like 10^50 operations per second on 10^30 bits of data. Unfortunately, it would run at about a billion degrees Kelvin.

If Moore's Law held true, we would reach that point in 150 years.
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