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Time Traveling with Technology

Jan 7, 2016

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Let’s time travel back to the 1960s. The IBM 1401 was groundbreaking in technology and engineering. It filled up a whole entire room and weighed a literal ton. Buying the IBM 1401 with today’s money, including inflation, would cost about $1.5 million. The ancient 1401 could perform around 4,000 calculations per second which at the time was practically unrivaled.. Fast forward to today, the average mobile phone (iPhone, Android, and Windows) has a microchip that is around the size of your fingernail and can perform around 1 billion calculations every second.



Over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit has doubled and will continue to double approximately every two years, according to a little thing called Moore’s Law. In other words, technology is growing at a continued exponential pace.


A dell computer from the year 2000 cost around $2k and likely had a Intel Pentium II processor installed. This processor had around 27 million transistors built inside of it, which sounds like a lot. Transistors are semiconductor devices found within electronic devices. To put it in perspective, an i7 Intel Processor from today has around 1.4 billion transistors. That means that in these fifteen years of technology advancements, technology has gotten faster and more powerful by the addition of many millions of transistors being crammed into circuit boards every month. An average of 50 million more transistors per circuit board per year since the year 2000. Crazy!


For some good laughs, here are some gloriously ludicrous predictions about computers:

Thomas Watson of IBM stated in 1943 that he believed there was a world market for maybe five computers
Popular Mechanics stated that in the future computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
An engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip asked, “But what…is it good for?”
Steve Jobs attempts to get Hewlett-Packard interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer. HP said, “We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”
Ken Olson, President of Digital Equipment Corp, in 1977 stated that there is no need for any individual to have a computer in their home.

Pretty ridiculous right?


Technology is moving at an incredible pace and the current generation in which we live gets to witness its constant motion. By the year 2020, computer chips that we use today are predicted to cost just a penny. Computer intelligence will be everywhere and much smarter and faster than our current smartphone A.I. (Siri and Cortana). There’s no telling what new technology devices will look like in twenty years but it’s sure fun to think about!

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