Every chipset and microprocessor we use today is the product of five to 10 years of development and design. What’s ahead for Intel processors for 2019–2020? In this exclusive interview, Intel’s first and only futurist, Brian David Johnson gives a peek at what’s in the pipeline – and the complicated mix of complicated mix of sociology, research and technology that influences how people interact with computation today and how that’s likely to evolve into actionable plans for tomorrow.
Here’s a taste:
Are the differences between platforms becoming less important to the public at large?
BDJ: It’s not just about processor speed or the type of processor. We have multi-core, many-core, and single-chip cluster computers (SCC ). There are different ways of bringing computational power and coming up with solutions to different problems— whether you want a tablet or a smartphone that lasts all day or you need a high-performance computer that needs to calculate particle physics for the large hadron collider. These are very different types of computation.
Inside Intel, it isn’t just about making it smaller, faster, and less expensive, although this is important and it’s what we will continue to do—we live in the house of Moore’s Law. That is necessary but not sufficient. We have a significant shift where the way that people understand computational power has less to do with the guts and more to do with the experience.