Tech Trajectories: Four More Moore’s Laws

Semiconductor technologies aren’t the only ones that have gotten exponentially better

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Tech Trajectories: Four More Moore’s Laws
Source: Performance Curve Database

We’re all familiar with Moore’s Law, which takes an inexorable view of technological progress, with the number of components on an integrated circuit doubling like clockwork every 18 months or so. But do other technologies follow a similar pattern of exponential improvement?

To find out, researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and MIT looked at 62 technologies across a broad range of industries, merging price and performance data from multiple sources. They found that Moore’s Law–like doubling serves as a fair predictor of progress, but not without hiccups.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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