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how does moore's law effect computer technology?

asked Oct 29 '12 at 08:58

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Moore's law states that the number of transistors on a chip will double every 18 months or so.

It says nothing about clock speed or over all performance.

Because of moore's law we have dual, quad, and even hex core processors, some with integrated graphics, USB 3.0, wifi, and more built right onto the chip.

with that said (i feel) that moore's law is starting to break down. we are getting so small it is taking more time to double the number of transistors. Intel has stated otherwise

answered Oct 29 '12 at 09:12

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so in essence moore's law has driven innovation to produce dual, quad core technology etc?

(Oct 29 '12 at 09:17) mfrondella mfrondella's gravatar image

it allows for more transistors in the same area, once you have put everything you could possably put on one core, and you still have room, you will add more stuff to it, so yes it has been an effect of moore's law

(Oct 29 '12 at 10:55) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Due to the awareness of it being a possible influence maybe it should be called Moores' Rule. Even the pioneering computer developers were aware of it. That is the urine in the proverbial babys' bath water. The basis is solid though so it wouldn't be wise to "throw out the baby". The long term experimental aspect of the process however, has the awareness looming over it.

The implications are far reaching. It's likely that the current system will need to be amended and maybe even changed in a fundamental manor to accommodate it. The exponential growth will likely require open development to continue because the resources will eventually be beyond that of corporation. The system at it's core then breaks down. This is the basis for the "Star Trek" scenario as we move toward becoming a Type 2 life form.

There is also the implication that the technology that we create will eventually surpass us in intelligence as we do not grow exponentially. This is the basis of the Singularity. It seems that the solution to preventing a "Terminator" or "Matrix" scenario (barring that it's not already in play :) ) is integration. The idea is that we would not be able to compete..."if you can't beat em join em".

It's likely that our very development as a species will be driven by the technological revolution.

answered Oct 29 '12 at 10:16

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