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April 4, 2008

'From now on, everything that has a battery or plug will have a computer'

So said Dr. Len Shustek, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is the interim executive director and chairman of the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, to Katie Hafner in a March 12, 2008 New York Times article about the museum.

I think Shustek's not thinking big (or small) enough.

For eons the earth has been populated by devices which have neither a battery nor a plug yet still compute: every living thing that has ever been, is or ever will be.

But even that's too narrow.

How about simply, "Everything is a computer."

Yeah, that'll work.

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I was going to point out that flashlights have batteries and don't have a computer in them, but then it struck me that modern LED flashlight incarnations have microchips in them (for the blink and low-illumination modes) so I suppose that backs up Shustek's assertion...

Posted by: johnjohn | Apr 4, 2008 3:14:57 PM

Hasn't this been true for a while?

Watches have more computing power than most computer in the '60s...probably the simplest device you will find that has a battery...

Posted by: clifyt | Apr 4, 2008 1:04:48 PM

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