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Death of Moore's Law? Don't count on it

Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.Popular Mechanics, March 1949
Integrated circuits will lead to such wonders as home computers -- or at least terminals connected to a central computer -- automatic controls for automobiles, and personal portable communications equipment. Gordon Moore, 1965
For centuries, explorers have searched the world for the fountain of youth. Today’s billionaires believe they can create it, using technology and data. -- Ariana Eunjung Cha, April 4, 2015

The phrase “hit a wall” in idiomatic English means to reach a point where progress stops or slows significantly.Engineers don’t warm up to that phrase very easily.For an engineer a wall is a challenge, more like a speed bump. They throw their hands up only if they’re being robbed – maybe. They have little use for the word “impossible.”
Let’s say you’ve written a book on gene…