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post #31 of 73
Anyone who watches Zeitgeist already knows the answer. The author probably hasn't watched yet. I prefer to lose my job, if it's going to end this mindless consumption.
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post #32 of 73
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
What happens if the computer stops shrinking? You shrink it some more!

Edit - if you did that though, you probably wouldn't be able to use it. We probably won't get any smaller than today's netbooks. If it were any smaller, we wouldn't be able to fit a keyboard that's big enough for our fingers to type on.
Wow.

They're talking about the manufacturing process the chip is built on, not the size of the computer itself.
post #33 of 73
I think the flaw in an argument that we will no longer need to buy new computers is the fact that they are constantly innovating new ways to use such computers. And often, such innovations require you to purchase a new piece of hardware to experience it. (Example, Kinect, or USB3, or any new technology really) As long as they find new ways to USE computers, then there will always be a need to make new ones. Even if the raw power becomes a non-issue there will still be plenty of ways to sell new gadgets.

The fact is most people could care less how "powerful" their system is as long as it does what they want it to. We in the pc building arena are the exception, not the rule.
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post #34 of 73
I think we are going to have another boom, once another technology arises, like super conductors at ambient temperature, or something else other than silicon...

Every year a chip is twice as fast as last year's? I guess that number is gonna jump to 4 times faster once a new technology arises.

Once we reach the physical limits of EVERY component involved in the performance, there is also architecture involved...
post #35 of 73
The computer revolution ended in the late 80's. We have no innovated ANYTHING since then, all we're doing is making them smaller. That isn't a revolution. Using them in new and interesting (and equally pointless) ways isn't a revolution either.

Invent something new. How about synthetic gasoline so I can drive my V8 more often. Rumble bumble bumble SHIFT, rumble bumble bumble SHIFT, VROOM!
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post #36 of 73
lol eventually i think computers will be micro chips implanted in our brains controlled by thoughts and seen through only our eyes...... or the matrix
post #37 of 73
Dr michio kaku is just awesome. I love how he can dumb things down so that the average guy like me can vaguely understand what's going on. That said, I seriously wonder what will happen with computing in the near future... Will intel and amd still be around or will a new wave of quantum chipmakers take over the crown.
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Quantum computers will form a self aware couscous network (ultimate AI) that takes over the world and prevent humans from destroying the AI's Planet.

OR

AI will see that it is much easier to build its self a massive space ship and nuke the planet from orbit and THEN re-settle the new planet after 100k years or so(radiation half life) with robots.
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post #39 of 73
No doubt computers will be a small holographic projection device, but I've recently watched Star Trek, so...
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Man I so much want to get that book of his, that had my mind reeling with forward thinking! He makes some good points, economically speaking too, for if the innovation comes to an end, as we should all expect, then people are going to start losing their jobs. (Lots of people)

People have to remember that the PC became the PC because people wanted to personalize & customize their computers. One reason I make a custom Desktop rather than buy a retail computer is, I want it to be powerful and something I pieced together, not some pre-built piece of junk.

I think the point he makes is, the Engineers & Techs on top will lose their jobs, the factories won't be shut down, but they would be severely slowed, as the need for new computers would be a lot less...

I don't think that computers will come to an end all together, as he is predicting, though I could see a lot smaller need for them, as the world become filled with Desktops & Laptops, as it already has been..

Now I think he has touched on something important, the Industry will soon die, because of the lack of newer innovation is simply not possible, based upon the process of transistors not being able to get smaller, therefor CPUs will not get better, and because of Fiber Optic & Light Communications, we will soon be at the apex of computing...

Once we hit the Apex, he predicts the house of cards will come tumbling down and Silicon Valley will disappear, which would be a very bad thing economically speaking.

I loved the article, +Rep for sharing this, I think I'm going to go get his book..
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