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New York Times: Five Questions for Gordon E. Moore: Technology Intensifies the Law of Change

May 27, 2001, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Richtel)

"Moore's Law" gets bandied about enough in our talkbacks that the impending retirement of Gordon E. Moore, Chairman Emeritus at Intel and the man behind the law ought to be of general interest. In this brief interview, he addresses the pace of technological change, consumer reactions to the ever-elusive cutting edge, and the side-effects of widespread use of PC's.

"What keeps me up at night is doing my own e-mail. I wouldn't say anything keeps me up at night worrying. Anything that changes - in a dramatic way - the way we do things, requires us to give up doing things that may have been attractive before. I'm amazed to see how many people working at Intel are sitting at terminals pushing buttons where previously they may have been working together. I guess that does introduce a kind of an isolation but it sure is an effective way to do things, essentially 24 hours a day. It gives a lot of capability for which there is a sacrifice. I'm not sure it sacrifices much more than did the introduction of the automobile assembly line, where employees could see each other but not hear each other. I'm not sure it's a qualitative difference."

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