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Saturday, May 07, 2005

The Silicon Eye- Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Prosperity!!

Steve Waite,Former Editor of the now defunct "Journal of Bionomics." writes, he knows Carver Mead as one of most astute scientists on the planet and highly recommends George Gilder's book, The Silicon Eye, which lays out the story of Mead and Faggin's journey into analog processors and the quest to build intelligent technology.
Thanks to the digital technology revolution, cameras are everywhere — PDAs, phones, anywhere you can put an imaging chip and a lens. Battling to usurp this two-billion-dollar market is a Silicon Valley company, Foveon, whose technology not only produces a superior image but also may become the eye in artificially intelligent machines. Behind Foveon are two legendary figures who made the personal computer possible: Carver Mead of Caltech, one of the founding fathers of information technology, and Federico Faggin, inventor of the CPU—the chip that runs every computer. Excerpts from the book :
"Like the railroads that bankrupted a previous generation of visionary entrepreneurs and built the foundations of an industrial nation, fiber-optic webs, storewidth breakthroughs, data centers, and wireless systems installed over the last five years will enable and endow the next generation of entrepreneurial wealth. As Mead states, "the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life was to get a company going during the bubble. Now, Mead says, there's space available; you can get fab runs; you can get vendors to answer the phone. You can make deals with people; you can sit down and they don't spend their whole time telling you how they're a hundred times smarter than you. It's absolutely amazing. You can actually get work done now, which means what's happening now is that the entrepreneurs, the technologists, are building the next generation technology that isn't visible yet but upon which will be built the biggest expansion of productivity the world has ever seen."

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