Intel conversations about the future
Intel dabbles in science fiction, titles ReadWriteWeb.
On Monday, they write, Intel debuted a book of science fiction stories. Dubbed Imaging the Future And Building It, the book includes a number of stories – from professional authors like Madeline Ashby and Karl Schroeder, plus more pedestrian efforts from analysts like Rob Enderle. But the most interesting bits come in the introduction – where Intel lays out its vision of the future.
Over the last few years, Intel futurist Rob Johnson explains, Intel has been running a â€œfuturecasting lab,â€ where the company whiteboards what the future will look like. The effects-based models help guide Intelâ€™s product development; Intel is working on its 2019 model right now.
In 2020, however, â€œsomething remarkable happens,â€ Johnson writes. â€œAs we pass 2020, the size of meaningful computational power approaches zero.â€ In other words, with a microprocessor that small, you can put a computer in just about anything.