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Re: Paul Graham's PyCon Keynote

Paul Graham wrote:
> 2) "How far will this flattening of data structures go?

If you look at current trends, I think you'd predict the opposite to 
happen. Consider 3d graphics cards. You could do the 3d operations on 
the CPU but even with ever increasing CPU speeds, adding 10% to the 
cost of your machine for >1000x the graphics performance is a great 
deal. In fact, modern PCs have more far compute power in their graphics 
cards than their CPUs.  I'd predict ever more specific hardware to the 
algorithms/data structures commonly used. Or perhaps for all of them 
with FPGAs.

I suspect Von Neumann architectures will be a historical curiosity in 
100 years as well as languages whose design mimics them.

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