Why the death of Moore’s Law could give birth to more human-like machines

Tuesday 9 August 2016 thiel_andrzej/iStock For decades, chip makers have excelled in meeting a recurring set of deadlines to double their chip performance. These deadlines were set by Moore’s Law and have been in place since the 1960s. But as our demand for smaller, faster and more efficient devices soars, many are predicting the Moore’s Law era might finally be over. ADVERTISEMENT Only last month, a report from the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) – which includes chip giants Intel and Samsung – claimed transistors will get to a point where they can shrink no further by as soon as 2021. The companies argue that, by that time, it will be no longer economically viable to make them smaller. But while the conventional thinking is that the law’s demise…


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