Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

We've Been Duped by Moore's Law

In technology there is a trend referred to as Moore's law. It states a generalization that semiconductor chips will double in ability at a rate of two years. While this is an observation and not a law, it has proved true since the 1960's. Screen resolutions, computer memory, processor chips, and other technologies, have all followed a very exponential growth curve.

The problem I'm observing with my generation, and the one coming next, is an expectation of exponential growth in all areas of life. We want things to move, grow, develop, and proceed with rapidly accelerating speed.  While technology is in the sweet spot of aggressive growth, this is not generally how life works. The "analog" world is still very linear. Moore's law doesn't apply everywhere. While Google or Facebook may be flying forward because their core business is in technology, a startup coffee shop will not experience growth at that same curve. It just doesn't work that way. Organizations, teams, and people, develop in a linear fashion with disciplined, focused, hard work. We are all living a very linear life in a very exponential world.


We are all living a very linear life in a very exponential world.


I find it's important for those of us in the Millennial generation, and those in the next, to be so cautious with our expectations. We can't allow ourselves to be duped by Moore's law, assuming that everything in life will follow some form of exponential takeoff. This is simply not the case. Marrying these worlds of linear life and exponential technology is very difficult. When disruptive tech rockets forward and massively shifts our environment, we can't expect people to change in a similar fashion. While our cell phones and computers are outdated when we take them out of the box, our personal development won't happen any faster. We must master the constant discipline of growth. Our only hope of success is to combat the world of Moore's law with religious learning, growth, simplicity, and progress. Pursue focus, emotional intelligence, and always have a solid grasp of core values. The generations before us accomplished a lot with simple hard work. The world changes quickly on the surface, but I'm not sure the principals of success have really changed very much.


Our only hope of success is to combat the world of Moore's law with religious learning, growth, simplicity, and progress.


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