The first calculators tended to sell for $400 or $500. Today, you can get a pretty good one for 4 or $5.
I think I thought it would be important for electronics as we knew it then, but that was a much simpler business and electronics was mostly radio and television and the first computers.
My own interest developed because I thought it was a fascinating subject and something I wanted to pursue.
How are we doing in the electronics field as opposed to, you know, we hear how advanced the Japanese are? Do you think we're still pretty competitive? Oh, yes.
There was a space program before there was integrated circuits.
Well, it's very dangerous to project, but it's clear that the existing technology has some more years to go.
I think it's doing very well. I'm pleased to see the concentration on semiconductors. I think this will help.
I'm doing a little consulting. I'm somewhat retired, still a director of a company or two.
It was really a very small company when I started and it changed very rapidly during those first periods.
It's also somewhat in the center of a number of things that will be useful to the company.
The number of parts that were required were just prohibitive.
They're very strong in memory. Didn't do very much in microprocessors or digital signal processing.
Today, people tend to credit me with having the original idea and made the first circuits.
I'm sure there will continue to be exciting new products and major changes, but it looks as if the existing technology has a great deal of room to grow and prosper.
It's true that the original idea was mine, but what you see today is the work of probably tens of thousands of the world's best engineers, all concentrating on improving the product, reducing the cost, things of that sort.
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