Re: REVIEW: Kurzweil talk

Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 25 Jan 1999 09:57:25 -0500

jeff churchill wrote:

> I haven't been following this particular thread so i don't know the
> context that was taken out of, but i have to ask... do you think that
> advances are held back regularly to increase profits? Would a certain
> technology thus be slowed in its progress towards its limiting factors?
> Would that possibly mean that capitalism is NOT the ideal way to achieve
> progress? (I've always hoped we could do better anyway.)
> -jeff

Its been known for a long time that many (and all of the smart) high tech companies hold back on introducing products to the market until the processing power required to meet the performance specs becomes cheap enough for them to meet their market price window and still make a profit. Products introduced before their time are money losers.....This is the practical application of Moore's Law to product engineering.

Mike Lorrey