Jerome Drexler

Computer Chronicles Revisited, Part 17 — Alan Shugart and the Memorex 3680

Computer Chronicles Revisited, Part 17 — Alan Shugart and the Memorex 3680

John Siracusa, one of the hosts of the Accidental Tech Podcast, is often credited with citing the “infinite timescale” problem when it comes to predicting when a new technology will arrive. The infinite timescale–a somewhat inaccurate description coined by one of Siracusa’s co-hosts, Marco Arment–essentially refers to the notion, “We all agree that this thing will happen at some point in the future, but it won’t happen this year, or next year, or the year after that…but it’s going to happen eventually.