Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku believes Moore’s Law ~ the influential maxim predicting the exponential increase in computing power ~ is finally breaking down. He’s talking about the so-called law stating the number of transistors that can be fit on a computer chip will double every two years, resulting in periodic increases in computing power.
According to Kaku:
…in about ten years or so, we will see the collapse of Moore’s Law. In fact, already, already we see a slowing down of Moore’s Law. Computer power simply cannot maintain its rapid exponential rise using standard silicon technology. Intel Corporation has admitted this.
Moore’s Law, introduced by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965 was never a law in any scientific sense. As others have pointed out, given Intel’s dominance in the chip industry for much of the period in which Moore’s Law has applied (or appeared to), there’s a self-fulfilling prophecy angle in which the dominant industry player sets the pace for its own benefit.