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Moore's law might end soon

For some strange and unknown reason, we humans often fear our certain ideas, products and ways of thinking are coming to an end.

Think of all the “iPhone killers”, “Facebook killers”, “World of Warcraft killers” out there – products, devices and services which were thought to bring the end for some of our most lovable inventions.

Sadly for some and luckily for others, most of these devices are still alive and kicking.

But one principle, whose end seems inevitable, is the Moore’s Law. Established back in the 1965, it is more of an observation and not an actual law by no means.

Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, wrote in 1965: “The number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months.” Translated to simple language, it means that the complexity of computer chips ought to double roughly every two years.

The principle remained true for half a century, but is now questioned.

Current CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich, is saying the days of Moore’s Law may be coming to an end as the time between new innovations appears to be widening.

"The last two technology transitions have signalled that our cadence today is closer to two and a half years than two,"Krzanich recently said.

Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, said the company would “strive to get back to two years” for innovation to keep Moore’s Law on track.

Laureate Professor of Mathematics at University of Newcastle, Jonathan Borwein, and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (retired) and Research Fellow at University of California, Davis, David H. Bailey have an interesting observation (opens in new tab): “If Moore’s Law does continue for just two or three more decades, typical handheld devices may well exceed the human brain in intelligence,” they say.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.