Monday, 22 September 2008

Memories are no longer made of this

With apologies to non-dorks out there, I can't resist drawing attention to photos of IBM's exhibition celebrating 50 years of Hursley laboratories.

It is a sobering thought that I carry in my pocket a thumb-sized device which can hold as much data as a room-full of reels of 1" magnetic tape, which was the repository of the vehicles excise database in Clase, Swansea, in the 1970s.

I sometimes wonder whether the carelessness with which government servants (and commercial operators, too) treat personal records relates to the diminishing size of the media which contain them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Moore’s Law – this law stipulates the doubling of computer power every two years, this “Computing Power” being things like processor speed, memory capacity or pixels in a digital camera.

2 to the power 10 = 1,024

2 to the power 20 = 1,048,576

It is estimated that the “intellect” of a computer is only equivalent to that of an insect; we are a million times more “intelligent” than an insect.

From Moore’s law, computer power doubles every 2 years, increases by 1 thousand every 10 years and increases by 1 million in every 20 years.

In 20 years computers will have the “intellect” of a human being.

In 40 years computers will have the “intellect” 1 thousand times greater than a human being.

Will they look down on us, like we look down on insects now?

G. Lewis
Bridgend Lib Dems