Peter Cochrane: Has computing become too challenging for any one person to fully comprehend?

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Seymore Cray may well have been the last person to be able to understand every aspect of computing in depth
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Seymore Cray may well have been the last person to be able to understand every aspect of computing in depth

Peter Cochrane looks at how computing has changed in his lifetime, from analogue, to digital and, soon, quantum

As a young university student, I entered a world of analogue and digital computing: feedback, feed-forward, gain blocks, loops and instability points; logic, Boolean algebra, gates, shift registers...

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