Gordon Moore is the Nerdy Moses of Silicon Valley

Moore’s work with the miniaturization of the silicon chip has made him one of the gods of the digital universe, but there’s a darker side to the man and the culture he epitomizes. Could Silicon Valley, like Detroit before it, once the bottom falls out of the commercial market, suddenly turn into a rust belt, where economic vibrancy will simply collapse? Back in 1999 Ray Kurzweil, currently  director of engineering at Google, published The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence. Technology, Kurzweil claimed, “is the continuation of evolution by other means, and is itself an evolutionary process.” Other futurists, like Elon Musk, also believe this evolution of computing hardware will eventually lead to the Technological Singularity: an era in which artificial intelligence will supplant human intelligence, bringing…

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