Monday, April 7, 2014

A Moment of Awe on the Anniversary of the IBM System/360

Fifty years ago, IBM released the System/360 mainframe, the low-end model of which had 4 kilobytes of main memory and ran at something less than 2,000 instructions per second. And of course they were wall-sized.

Today you can put a computer in your pocket that has a gigabyte of memory, can process a couple billion instructions per second, packs in four or more radios, proximity sensors, a compass, accelerometers, and multiple cameras capable of recording high definition video, and which can connect to both the global computer network and the telephone network.

Imagine what the next fifty years will bring.

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