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October 11, 2011 4:46:28 PM

Where can I find information to answer why computers advanced so fast in the last 50 years?
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October 11, 2011 5:10:44 PM

First of all, they have not advanced that much at all. Mostly due to poor coding.
If we could code chips to read hexagesimal instead of binary for example, THEN it would be a revolution.
If we get to use Graphene, THEN it will be a revolution.

So far all we have been doing is making things smaller and pushing more energy into it to make it go faster, and you might remmber when was the first time that that totally stoped when intel tried to make a 4 Ghz 1 core CPU :D .

Now we got multiple cores, and still most programs cant use more than 2 cores anyway.

Wait till some genious like in its day Carmack creates a programing language for multiple cores. THEN we might see a revolution.
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October 11, 2011 5:20:08 PM

Are you trying to get us to do your homework for you?
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October 11, 2011 5:58:54 PM

Its not just computers,
its a phenomenon I call accelerated exponential evolution,

Things used to take 20 years or more between improvements/revolutions then as technology engineering and manufacturing progressed and understanding became more evenly spread,
progress itself became easier to accomplish so more people were progressing faster and sharing the knowledge which in turn made more of the species by proxy smarter

with more and more people working on projects, things got even faster and things took a little less time to be 'improved' upon, 15 years say,
then ten, then five and eventually we hit the limits of possibility with current materials/manufacturing, so we improve those to accomplish what we need them to or find/invent new materials that fit the bill,
I dont want to do anyones homework for them but your question cannot be answered in a simple statement so asking in these (or any other computer sites) forums wont get you the answers you want/need
you need to look into things in a bit of depth and discover what it was that made X or Y leap in development possible
Sorry, but nothing good comes easy man,
Moto
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October 11, 2011 6:41:03 PM

Aliens...

And the answer is not moores law, moores law is a description of the likely speed of the advance, its shouldn't be called a law in my opinion, moores approximation would be better.
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October 11, 2011 6:51:40 PM

^Same as Theory of relativity :)  it was once firm stature, now more of a loose guideline hehe
http://io9.com/5829403/moores-law-may-soon-be-broken
but as I said earlier, its a case of 'oh, we hit the limit', /stop.
and someone will come along later and say 'oh, its an issue, not a brick wall' and work to find a way around the problem and then Cpu tech will progress to the next 'limit',
I would love to be able to watch humanities progress from sludge to whatever it ends up being all in one go :) 
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October 11, 2011 6:57:08 PM

yep, it's like the law that says july is hotter than june, its mostly true.

I still think roswell was the source of these advances, it was on that documentary, the x-files or something like that.
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October 11, 2011 6:58:23 PM

to see the endgame would be great, have you read the stephen baxter time/space/flux series, nice example of what a far far future society could be powered by.
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October 11, 2011 7:04:01 PM

Don't think I've read much Baxter, I may have but I read voraciously hehe,
but I've read a fair bit of sci-fi/Sci fantasy over the years and even watched as a lot of it becomes fact, which btw is awesome when you realise it :) 
It happens a lot more these days due to A.E.E. obviously, something 'hi tech' I saw in a film as a 15 year old may have taken 20 years to become reality but nowadays you see something in a film and two years later they're in shops lol

I particularly like the culture series by Iain Banks, but I'd happily settle my own self in a Firefly-type 'Verse :p 
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October 11, 2011 7:10:12 PM

Simple: Government pouring money into R&D, mostly though universities [research grants] and DARPA.

Even then, since the switch to digital circuits back in the late 60's, the tech itself really hasn't changed, just the speeds [more transistors due to smaller fabrication processes].
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October 11, 2011 8:31:13 PM

love the culture banksy stuff, working my way through his other stuff, started on complicity and then the wasp factory so its habit now.

Gamer - its still aliens, they just try to convince you otherwise
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October 11, 2011 8:47:38 PM

I wonder if its the 18th year that tomshardware has been around lol
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October 11, 2011 11:11:19 PM

Inferno1217 said:
WTF is with the


It's a subliminal message telling you to get an 18 year old girlfriend or boyfriend, whichever tickles your fancy.

Hey, maybe get one of each if you are not sure. Who knows?
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