Laying Down the Law: Q&A with Gordon Moore

April 12, 2001 | Source: Technology Review

Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, who coined Moore’s Law (the number of transistors that can be packed into an integrated circuit will double every year), believes this doubling will slow down sometime between 2010 and 2020. He doesn’t see a solution in the works.

In the meantime, what should we do with this increased power? “The one capability that to me will make a qualitative difference in how we do things is truly good speech recognition. Once a machine understands in context like that, you can actually hold an intelligent conversation with a machine. That will dramatically change the way people interact with machines.”

Moore has set aside $5 billion to fund other “harebrained ideas,” like SETI and preserving biodiversity.