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It’s got to stop sometime. That’s the message from Intel co-founder and computer visionary Gordon Moore, whose 1965 prediction that the number of transistors on a chip would double roughly every two years proved startlingly true. But Moore’s Law, as it’s known, can’t apply indefinitely.
On an NPR show recently, Moore explained that he sees his famous axiom expiring in about 10 to 15 years. Eventually scientists will run into a wall trying to uncover new ways of jamming in more transistors. But let’s hope that this time he’s wrong.—Gregory Mone