[opendtv] Inflection Point

  • From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 23:41:43 -0400

Inflection Point

This Week Changed the World of High Tech Forever, Though Most of Us 
Still Don't Know It

By Robert X. Cringely
May 12, 2005

It's an expression made popular in Silicon Valley years ago by Andy 
Grove of Intel: "inflection point." It's that abrupt elbow in a graph 
of growth or decline when the new technology or paradigm truly kicks 
in, and suddenly there is no going back. From that moment, the new 
stuff takes off and the old stuff goes into rapid decline, whether it 
is a new standard of modem, a new video game, a new microprocessor 
family, or just a new idea. I think we've just hit such an inflection 
point and -- though most of us still don't realize it -- the personal 
computer, video game, and electronic entertainment businesses will 
never be the same.

There are three pieces to this puzzle.



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