Shomit Ghose recently wrote an article for Forbes regarding the inextricably linked future of tech and Big Data. Ghose writes, “In physics, the second law of thermodynamics states that all systems seek to evolve so as to either minimize their energy or maximize their disorder (AKA entropy). From a state of zero entropy at the Big Bang, our universe has been expanding toward a state of maximum entropy for roughly the past 14 billion years. And today, in my day-to-day life as a venture capitalist investing in software companies, every start-up I see is directly related to the second law of thermodynamics.”
He continues, “Computing has been subject to the same forces as the physical universe. From the zero entropy moment of the commercial introduction of the UNIVAC I in 1951, all aspects of computing have been hurtling toward maximum entropy. In computing hardware, for example, we’ve gone from the ‘minimum energy’ model of the mainframe, to rapidly accelerating entropy with the minicomputer, the PC, the-device-formerly-known-as-the-cell-phone, and now the tiny wireless sensors that comprise ‘the Internet of Things.’ As computing hardware has become steadily smaller and more ubiquitous, the cost of computing cycles has decreased apace, and now has been commoditized to the point that it asymptotically approaches zero.”
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