Hello, Mr. Chips

Craig R. Barrett, Former CEO and President of Intel, Discusses the Future Of Nanotechnology

When Michael M. Crow, the president of Arizona State University, introduced Craig R. Barrett, the former CEO and president of Intel, he called Barrett “a singularly important actor in one of the most profound technologies in human history.”

But when Barrett entered Stanford University in 1957 as a student of metallurgical engineering (not even knowing how to spell the word “metallurgical”), the changes of the next half-century with which he would be intimately involved were impossible to imagine. The world was only on the cusp of technologies like the modern transistor …

Move Over, Moore’s Law

What Comes After the Silicon Computer Chip?

The silicon computer chip is reaching the limits of Moore’s Law, Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore’s observation that the number of transistors on chips would double every two years. Moore’s …

What It’s Like To Be Hacked By China

It’s Hard To Appreciate the Value of Privacy Before Someone Thoroughly Invades It. That’s What ‘Eric’ Did.

In 2007 I opened an e-mail from an unknown sender. The message greeted me by a nickname known only to family and close friends. I was in Shanghai, unwinding late …

Screening Babies, Stopping Asteroids, and Making Laptops

The nutshell: Almost every American newborn is screened for more than 50 genetic disorders—most of which you haven’t heard of. UCLA sociologist Timmermans and UNC anthropologist Buchbinder spent three years following …

My 1984-and Steve’s

The Stylish Beige Machine That Coaxed Me Out of the Cave

It was a rare indulgence for me that Sunday evening back in early 1984. It was January 22nd, and for once I wasn’t halfway across campus in the basement of …