The splitting of the bits

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 22:36:31 -0800

Harvey Blume discusses the implications of
moving from binary to discrete ala Intel's recent
press announcment about multi-level flash memory.
I have to admit, I've never read a geek who could write
so cleverly, present company excluded, of course.


During the first stage of the electronic revolution change came in
discrete installments. Sure, the first people exposed to the telephone
were susceptible to dissonance and disorientation; many heard ghosts
and demons jabbering out of the receivers, but as a rule people were
given some pause between inventions, some time to adjust. Phone, film,
phonograph, radio, all had a sort of clear, well bounded existence when
they arrived on the scene. A Moore's law of sorts applied to inventions.