Moore’s Law is Slowing Down

Have you ever wondered why pushing the limits of your phone leads into the world of  warm pockets? It happens to the best of us, yet still limits what we can accomplish. As of right now this is the bane of human technological advancement, attempting to fix the way we approach technology. This tech has driven much of the worlds development and further developing itself to where we are in the present time.

This driving of itself and constantly evolving is happening all around us with technology. Modern Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is being built as we know it. AI is furthering itself without input from programmers and us anymore. Computers are growing exponentially yet this growth is also slowing down.

Black and Blue Electronic Tools on Green Circuit Board

Moore’s law states that the amount of transistors one can fit on the same area of an integrated circuit doubles every year. The incredibly powerful smartphones we carry today are made possible by improvements in microchip design allowing for the power of a computer to fit in your pocket. Yet this technology has its limits which is exemplified in the Galaxy Note 7 catastrophe. As the electronic components in phones continue to reduce in size, company’s such as Samsung and Apple are literally pushing the limits of subatomic physics. This pushing of the button, or screen if you will, is slowing down though.

This disagrees with the basis of Moore’s Law which was created by George Moore in 1965, this man was one of the co-founders of Intel. He dictated that microchips will be able to double every year utilizing the same space it had the previous year. This is what has been propelling technology further and even being able to improve itself. This will keep happening until AI becomes fully evolved. This essay wasn’t meant to hit on how Terminators will eventually take over the world and we’ll need John Connor to lead the revolution, but it could happen.

Yet the doubling of growth of these processors in a exponential way has been slowing. This has been slowing because of space and power constraints. This wasn’t foreseeable when Moore’s law was first thought about. Now instead technology has advanced so much that processors and chips will need a new type of transistor to keep up with our ever advancing computing power. This is where Moore’s law is “slowing down” or even needed to stop until the next leap and bound is made in this technology.  Looking to the future Intel is attempting to fix this, but there are no easy answers in sight.


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