Moore’s Law coming to an end? Wozniak said so in Raleigh last week

By Nichollas Harrison

Photo by Nichollas Harrison

One after another, pundits are predicting that 20 or 25 years from now computers will be able to do virtually everything we can. No need for us.

But here comes Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Wozniak, speaking at the Internet Summit in Raleigh last week, to disagree. Wozniak says we are at the end of Moore’s Law. “Moore’s law” is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years.” It predicts the expansion of computers’ capacities to do more and more things in smaller and smaller machines.

Wozniak says we are nearing the end of this. We have reached the point now, he says, where we can record a bit of information on as few as 8 electrons. There’s just not that much further to go, he says.

So Wozniak told us that our brains will always be able to do things that computers can’t.

I don’t know, but I’m keeping mine for now … just in case – and I’m giving it a liberal education with a lifelong learning kicker. That values-based critical thinking will whip a computer every time. With electrons to spare.

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