Computers are getting faster and (relatively) cheaper with each passing year. The phones we carry in our pockets are far more powerful than the ones that sent the Apollo astronauts to the Moon. But are there signs that Moore's Law is finally 'running out of steam' as the Economist suggests? The recent postponement of the Intel chip upgrade is seen by some as a key indicator.
In 1965 Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, observed that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. Moore predicted that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future source
This BBC radio documentary is a useful introduction to the theme.
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