Monday, November 23, 2015

Is Tech Accelerating? (part 1)

We live in an age where technology is advancing so quickly, it's almost impossible to keep up with the latest tech unless you have money to burn, and even then, every few months you'll be discarding previous devices. I'm sure you must feel it too—things seem to be advancing faster than you remember in years past. A new computer falls behind the curve in a year or two, and within five years, you'll almost need to rebuild or replace the entire thing if you want to upgrade to current technology. I used to custom design my computers, but it quickly reached the point that I often had to switch out to a new motherboard because newer components simply wouldn't interface anymore. Gaming consoles (Sony's Playstations and Microsoft's Xboxes) have a predicted life of 6 to 8 years before a new version is released –this is a rather long lifespan when considering that within a year, newer and more advanced models of smartphones and computers are on the market. But is technology really advancing at an exponential rate?

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