Here's a fun read as we head into the weekend: Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow has a column in Make magazine in which he waxes philosophic about the breakneck speed of our advancing technology, and how "giddy" it makes him feel to contemplate how quickly some of the formerly state-of-the-art gadgets he keeps around his office have been left in the dust.
Doctorow recounts a discussion he had with a friend in the 1990s, in which they imagined the prospect of one day having access to 1 TB of RAM. As he writes:
And we started to laugh. This substance that cost more than its weight in gold — that solved all our problems — sometime in our lifetimes would be so cheap and abundant that we would have literally unimaginable amounts of it.
The piece is definitely worth a read, as is the rest of the content on Make's Web site (and if you don't check Boing Boing compulsively already, then you're missing out). This sentiment must resonate with those of you in the device industry. Just think: when MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Alfred Mann was starting out 42 years ago, this was the kind of computing technology people were fantasizing about:
My my, all those circuits!
– Thomas Blair