The state of the art
The dizzying pace of technological change is so ingrained into our consciousness, it is impossible to remember what was considered “the state of the art” as recently as a few decades ago. Consider the first practical computer – the room sized, vacuum tube ENIAC. In the years since its creation in 1946, the power of perhaps a million ENIACs has shrunk to an attractive package that comfortably fits in a briefcase. In such a 21st century laptop, with its multiple processors and gigabytes of memory, there is rarely any thought given to its internal complexity.
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