Under the Power and Influence of Moore’s Law

Power and influence is usually attributed to the stature of people in various positions, or occupations. Today it seems that one of the most compelling and far-reaching life changing influence is not coming from any so-called “Power Player” it’s coming from a very simple formula that has become so powerful, it’s changing everything…again. Welcome to Moore’s Law in real-time.

I need not remind anyone on how the world has changed in just a few years, however putting it into perspective is what I do, so here goes.

Just a little more that 15 years ago in what was also considered spam-mail were the millions upon millions of little cd’s you found in your mailbox from….AOL. Remember when “You got mail” was all the rage? How about this one…an iPod was just becoming in vogue way back in 2004…yep, that’s just 6 years ago. I could go on but you catch my drift. We take these things for granted now, but they weren’t even understood let alone conceived just a mere few years ago. And guess what? It’s getting much,much,much faster.

Look around you. Look at your children, your neighbors, people in cars, people you work with. Everywhere you turn you see it. Instant video, instant communication, instant TV, instant quotes on anything, now it’s all taken for granted. If you have to wait for a video to load more than 2 seconds, you have to hold yourself back from throwing the hand-held device into the garbage, and walking 30 feet into the new gadget store to get the newest 4G, 5G, 6Z…who knows how fast is next?

My own case study happened this weekend while setting up a new computer my wife gave me for Christmas. As I was moving things around I came across the paperwork of the one it was replacing, it was only a few years old, but needed repairing and wasn’t worth it. The new computer is…ready? 10 times the speed, 8 times the memory, less than 1/4 the size, and……….less than 1/2 the cost of the first.

I know, I know, you’re all saying…”Right..big deal…everybody knows that” but that’s where it gets interesting. Everybody knows…but few understand the implications. Just imagine the mobile phone that you have today, even if it’s the latest and greatest. In just a little over 2 years it will be 10 times faster, and smarter, and probably able to do that in less than 1/2 the current size. The numbers are just staggering at the levels we are now at.

Industry, business, people, and just about everything else will change even more rapidly in the next 5 years than they have in the last 20. Just a fantastic time to be alive is all I can say.

Maybe the flying car thing isn’t that crazy after all.

Mark