A fairly decent short piece on Singularity University on CNET.
Archive for August, 2009
“Secondly, even a cursory glance reveals the astounding regularity of Moore’s line. From the earliest points its progress has been eerily mechanical. Without interruption for 50 years, chips improve exponentially at the same speed of acceleration, neither more nor less. It could not be more straight if it had been engineered by a technological tyrant. Yet, we are to believe that this strict nonwavering trajectory came about via the chaos of the global marketplace and uncoordinated ruthless scientific competition. The line is so straight and unambiguous that it seems curious anyone would need convincing by Moore and Mead to “believe” in it. The question of faith lies in whether one believes the force of this “law” lies within the technology itself, or in a self-fulfilling social prophecy. Is Moore’s law inevitable, a direction pushed forward by the nature of matter and computation, and independent of the society it was born into, or is it an artifact of self-organized scientific and economic ambition?” — The Technium
“You have to learn to make the parachute on the way down” — Peter Diamandis at Singularity University describing the need to extrapolate the current trends and start building something that requires a piece of technology that won’t exist for 5 years, but that you absolutely count on existing at that point in time.
(My new favorite quote.)