The PC is all but becoming a thing of the past. Smart devices are getting smarter. Computers are getting smaller. Electronic connectors are becoming more advanced and sophisticated. Communication is exchanged at light speed. Every now and then, technological innovations are being introduced.
The way things are going, it can be pretty hard to imagine where technology will take the world in the next decade or so.
Technology is moving too fast that, sitting by the sidelines and watching how the show will end (if there ever is an end), it can get pretty mind-blowing, even amusing, if not confusing, to see how companies like Samsung and Apple, Intel and AMD, Boeing and Airbus, or GM, Ford, Mercedes Benz and other automotive companies, among others, duke it out for supremacy in their respective niche markets.
Intel vs. AMD
AMD believes the end of Moore’s Law has begun. This belief stems from the chipmaker’s difficulties to transition from 28-nanometer to 20-nanometer silicon chips. Intel executives, however, despite George Moore’s pronouncement in 2005 that Moore’s Law is dead, remain optimistic.
William Holt, Intel’s EVP and General Manager of the Technology Manufacturing Group, asserts that while the economics of Moore’s Law are under considerable stress, he doesn’t believe that Moore’s Law is dead.
At this stage of the game, dead or alive, I believe that given society’s obsession for faster and more complex computing systems, the fundamental restrictions of Moore’s Law will be downplayed by the human capacity to innovate, lest, as PC World relates in 2011, the economy be faced with a crisis.
Samsung vs. Apple
It all started with a patent litigation that resulted in a multibillion dollar feud. Apple saw a U.S. ruling in its favor. Samsung, on the other hand, has managed to get courts in South Korea, Japan and the U.K. on its side. Just recently, in preparation for another patent trial set in the spring of 2014, Apple divulged it will be including the newly released Samsung Galaxy S4 in its list of 22 products it believes infringes the iOS user interface patent.
Meanwhile, Nokia decides to capitalize on the much-publicized brawl for its Lumia 920 Windows Phone advertisement, delighting viewers with an insane wedding choreography and funny lines such as “iSheep,” “copybots,” “Auto-correct this!” and “Would you mind moving your enormous phone?”
Boeing vs. Airbus
There’s the “war of the wide-bodies,” the “mini-jumbo battle,” and some other Boeing vs. Airbus reference my rusty radar hasn’t yet captured. But being the major players in what can be considered a duopoly in the aircraft industry, the two companies can’t help being pitted against each other. Or can they?
Competition abounds everywhere, not just in the technology space. But like we’ve all come to understand, competition can be good. With competition comes innovation. And since businesses are likely to listen to their consumers to eventually extract more sales, competition can mean lower prices and the freedom of choice.
For the business side of the house, competition allows companies to bring best-in-class products to a broader group of consumers.
Bottom line, as long as there are at least two companies out there that plan to outrank each other in terms of market share, technology rivalries, friendly or otherwise, won’t ever end.
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