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Chapter 1 Introduction: The Middle of Mo... > 1.1 The hidden middle of moore's law - Pg. 5

I N T r O D U C T I O N : T h e M I D D l e O F M O O r e ' S l AW 5 n The Internet of Things suggests a world in which digitally identifiable physical objects relate to each other in a way that is analogous to how purely digital information is organized on the Internet (specifically, the Web). Of course, applying such retroactive continuity (a term the comic book industry uses to describe the pretense of order grafted onto a disorderly existing narrative) attempts to add structure to something that never had one. In the end, I believe that all of these terms actually reference the same general idea. I prefer to use ubiquitous computing since it is the oldest. 1 . 1 T h e h i d d e N M i d d l e o f M o o r e ' S l a w To understand why ubiquitous computing is particularly relevant today, it is valuable to look closely at an unexpected corollary of Moore's law. As new information processing technology gets more powerful, older technology gets cheaper without becoming any less powerful. First articulated by Intel Corporation founder Gordon Moore, today Moore's law is usually paraphrased as a prediction that processor transistor densities