Today, the computer in your cell phone is a million times smaller, a million times less expensive, and a thou­sand times more powerful [than the computer at MIT in 1965]. That’s a billionfold increase in price-performance. As powerful and influential as information technology is already, we will experience another billionfold increase in capability for the same cost in the next 25 years (rather than the 40 years or so it took for the most recent billionfold increase) because the rate of exponential growth is itself getting faster.
Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever by Ray Kurzweil

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  1. Suzy

     /  January 24, 2012

    In the early 70’s Dick was sent to the Netherlands to troubleshoot just such an oversized, room-sized computer. He was fascinated with the iPhones.

    • Isn’t it amazing? The one at Bob’s company in Denver filled the room and had a ‘platform’ specially built for all of the machines to sit on – and of course, the room was kept very very cool. When I worked at GEFCO, I remember using the cards in whatever it was called – which was then ‘read’ on the BIG computer, etc. We have come a long way, haven’t we??!!


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