Happy 50th Birthday — Moore’s Law

Without getting too techie, April 19th was the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law. Not familiar with it? No worries …

Moore’s law refers to a statement made by Gordon Moore, one of the founders of Intel (yes, the company that makes the chips used by some electronic devices) where he predicted that the number of components (aka transistors) in a chip would double roughly every 18 months.

Ok, so what does this mean? Moore’s law has made it possible for computers, smartphones, etc. to become more powerful and cheaper. The more transistors you can pack in a chip, the cheaper the transistor become and the more powerful the device.

For example, the chip in your iPhone has approximately 2 billion transistors.

Since it is a physical process (packing more and more transistors into smaller and smaller areas), experts believe this cannot continue forever. The question then becomes, will the digital age continue even if our devices not get cheaper and more powerful?