"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
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