IT misconception 2: “Computers of the future will […] weigh only 1.5 tons”.

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“Still, a computer like the ENIAC has 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons. But the computers of the future will have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and may weigh only 1.5 tons.” Popular Mechanics made this tantalizing prophecy in March 1949. Today, it is inconceivable that computers would weigh that much. Instead, the various manufacturers are now undercutting each other with ever thinner and lighter laptops that have what feels like an eternally long power life with just one charge.

With this predicted weight, notebooks, for example, would have hardly been a success. Among other things, transport would hardly have been possible. Mobile working would therefore not exist as it is today. But as we know, things turned out differently. At the latest since the Corona pandemic, many people have been given the opportunity to work on the move. Because of this, many people were often dependent on their laptops to work flexibly as planned.

In the last blog article, it was already mentioned that 275 million computers were sold in 2020 alone. If we now take into account that by now the lightest laptops weigh less than one kilogram, we would therefore need more than 1500 laptops today to come to a weight of 1.5 tons.

So we are very happy that laptops are now so light and can therefore be easily transported by our employees. This makes traveling to our other locations or customers much more pleasant ;-).

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