August 11 2010
There’s something I’ve been wondering about ever since I got my first computer.
A friggin Gateway P133 with what 8MB of RAM and a 500MB hard drive? 14.4 modem? Or something? It looked like this:
From that starting point Pentium processors starting picking up speed year to year. RAM went up at a similar clip. As did storage size. Dial-up modem speed. As did monitor resolution. Etc…
With other technology, cameras started off at a certain level (sucky) and then slowly crept up notches of advancement year to year. Prices came down as resolution went up. And if you look at the little USB flash drives– they started off at what? 8MB and have slowly moved up the ladder until recently when you can get gigs for cheap and stuff…
And whether it was computers or laptops or cameras or storage– for the most part, all the companies seemed to move at the same speed. At least in the same range of speed/price ratio. Processors, resolution, storage all seem to progress hand in hand. Company to company.
So my question is– Are actual technological advancements dictating our level of technology year to year— or is it simply businesses holding the reins back on advancing technology so they can have plenty of running room for upgrades for years and years?
Is this a master plan that they’re all in cahoots on?
I mean eventually we will be satisfied with the cameras in our phones. Eventually a few terabytes is going to be more than enough forever. So do they just move slowly to get the most out of our technological wallets– because sales will slow down when our need for upgrade decreases? I’m sure the slow down of sales is happening already obviously…
And if that is the case, why isn’t there a spoiler company out there who says screw it– and produces a super hi-res 1000 megapixel camera for discount cheap? Or a giant 1TB storage flash drive for $19.99? Wouldn’t they make their money just based on the volume they sell? If the technology is there why not be the jerk in the business who pulls back the curtain?
Doesn’t it really all cost the same to produce anyway? I mean how much more actual hardware goes into a 100GB harddrive compared to a 100TB harddrive? Are they that different on a physical level? Is it that difficult to make that jump?
I realize this maybe is some chicken and the egg crap but it’s something that I’ve always wondered about– so I done typed it up here and that’s that!
PS. So apparently when you google my website look at the way my site is listed. Any ideas out there? I dunno wtf. Doesn’t seem to be anything in the code that is doing that. I searched for the word Proprecia and nothing came up…