Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Chase Moore's Law, Inventors Urged

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Chase Moore's Law, Inventors Urged

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It will be the exponentially growing technologies like genomics that dominate the 21st century, Nathan Myhrvold told some 1,000 innovators and innovation buffs attending the Emerging Technologies Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September.

This was the third such conference, which is sponsored by MIT's Technology Review magazine and features the 100 young (under 35) men and women whom the magazine's editors judge to be the year's top innovators.

Myhrvold is a managing director of Intellectual Ventures, a private entrepreneurial firm he founded in 2000 with Edward Jung, a former colleague at Microsoft, where Myhrvold had been chief technology officer.

In his keynote address, Myhrvold argued that Moore's Law can hold for many technologies besides semiconductors, and that "this realization will shape the 21st century." He finds it already evident in genomics, where a number of key parameters are increasing exponentially, and said it could also drive nanotechnology, although "here we're still a couple of breakthroughs away. …

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