I was fortunate to witness the celebration of 50th Anniversary of Moore's Law, organized by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Intel on May 11, 2015 at The Exploratorium in San Francisco. I was invited to bring Braigo at the event to showcase examples of computational capabilities of Moore's Law and how I am using the Intel Edison chip to develop low cost Braille Printers for the visually impaired.
I am 13 years old, or I would think that we are the internet generation and many of us try to idolize Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other young technology visionaries. But if I think about it a bit more. The computational capabilities or the user-experiences that we are witnessing now is probably the processing speed of processors or the tools that has been developed around them to help us develop solutions. Coming to think of it, this picture of mine with Gordon Moore and shaking his hand, is probably one of my finest moments in life. As I grow up and in the many years to come all of us will be benefitting from the Moore's Law.
We are now able to dream big and execute on that dream easily based on the ground work created by Moore's Law.
"Later, I spoke with Shubham Banerjee, the 13-year-old creator of the Braigo DIY braille printer, which was made originally with Legos. He described the experience of meeting Moore in person as “amazing,” something he never thought would happen in his life." - Liz Gannes, Re/Code article "From Gordon Moore to Brogrammers, a Silicon Valley Generation Gap"
What really hit me at the venue, was not really the ambience or the amazing people who came to witness the celebration but the thought that - would it have been possible for me to use all the technologies at the convenience of home to develop something unique and affordable, like 50 years ago?
Probably not. That probably sums up the influence of Gordon Moore for me.