The computer field interests me because it’s moving so damned fast. If every industry advanced as quickly as the computer market we’d probably have faster than light travel by now and could live for 500 years. I love seeing demonstrations of these advancements and the fact that an iPad 2 can beat a supercomputer from the 1990s makes for an excellent expression of such advancements.
Just think about that for a moment. In the span of roughly 20 years we’re now at the point where a handheld electronic device that costs hundreds of dollars surpasses the computing power of a massive supercomputer that listed for $17 million (the Cray-2 in this case). The human race is fucking awesome!