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Moore’s Law turns 50

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 1st 2015 | Discuss
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Where were you when it was postulated?  Moore’s Law has been a fantastic observation, and a self-fulfilling prophecy that has spurred us on to do more, do it faster, make it smaller, and cheaper. We do it because we think we can. Moore’s Law has

ROPS, FLOPS, and BOPS

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 17th 2015 | Discuss
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What spec works for you? For as long as I can remember— which is kind of a redundant statement because who can remember longer than they can remember?— we in the computer industry have been quantifying, measuring, and judging the things we make, or use, on the basis

The week of gaming

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 4th 2015 | Discuss
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I’ve been gaming so long, I don’t know when I’m not This is the week of the Game Developers Conference (GDC). GDC has been going on since 1988 when Chris Crawford organized it. Even before that there was the GamePC Consortium started by Ken Nicholson

VR Sickness; It’s a real thing

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 19th 2015 | Discuss
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After fading away in terms of consumer popularity in the late 1990s, with advent of low cost sensors and optics, and the unmitigated enthusiasm of Palmer Luckey Virtual Reality (VR) has roared back to life with a vengeance. But, it still has the same issue as it did in the 9

Touch touch, write write, draw draw— the pen is dead, long live the pen

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 3rd 2015 | Discuss
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Steve Jobs didn’t get everything right. When he stood in front of an admiring audience and gave them the finger during the launch of the iPad, he declared no pens or styluses are needed ever again. The vaunted Palm PDA with its little solid plastic stylus was dead.

It’s the end of the year as we know it

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 28th 2015 | Discuss
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Companies position themselves for growth in 2015 and beyond At the end of 2014, the future is looking brighter if you can ignore all the war, disease, and despair that’s going on around our little play land of technology. The technology companies have weighed in with their product strategies, and

CES no longer a leading indicator

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 20th 2015 | Discuss
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Now what do we do? We thought we had really stumbled onto something when we recognized a correlation between the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the attendance at CES: when CES attendance fell, so did the DJIA. That gauge worked up until 2013 and then failed in 2014 and again in 2015.

Predictions for 2015 and beyond

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 6th 2015 | Discuss
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This is the time of year when soothsayers, financial forecasters, conspiracy theorists, and brilliant industry analysts polish their crystal balls and let the rest of you uninformed and ill-advised know what to expect for and during the next 12 months.  None of these predictions will be realized. I could stop

Why there is nothing to fear from AI

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 23rd 2014 | Discuss
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It’ll never happen in your lifetime? It’s simple: A: By the time we develop any new functionality we incorrectly call AI, it will no longer be the benchmark for what we think AI is, and so we’ll never realize AI. B: Since we don

On things

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 9th 2014 | Discuss
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If they are going to talk to each, what will they say? Things, we have so many things. Bridges that design and build themselves, cute little computers in our glasses and light bulbs, presumably all talking to each other over the Internet, sucking up valuable bandwidth and annoying the NSA.