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Saturday, 17 October 2009

The Micro-Chip


In the 1970s my work involved visiting small, often one-man businesses to find out about them, what they did etc. One has always stuck in my memory. I went to see a gentleman who was self-employed and apparently struggling a little to make ends meet. When I asked him what he did, he said he was working for a major motor car manufacturer", growing silicon chips", which meant absolutely nothing to me. He explained what they were and what they could do and predicted that the world would become a different place because of what he and others were doing. I went away not knowing exactly how this would happen - but how right he was ! I don't intend to write a long essay on the effects of computing and micro-processing etc - you all know just how much we now rely on computer technology to run the world. I'm glad I met this man as I've always had what he said and did in the back of my mind and have followed developments in this field because of my visit to him.

1 comment:

  1. The article was quite interesting. Good going...
    I would like to draw your attention towards an article on “Inventions that revolutionised the world”. Every schoolchild knows that the scientific genius and inventor, Thomas Alva Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. Though the credit to make electric bulbs commercially viable goes to him, many believe that he did not invent the bulb and bought patents from those who did.
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