article "Dwindling of rare metals
imperils innovation" [EETimes.eu], says that essential materials that
would enable fuel-efficient technologies, and materials required for the next-gen IT hardware may
become could become extinct. E.G., hafnium will be gone by 2017 and zinc will be gone by
2037 (no problem, the 2036 Unix crash will make this a minor problem). Other
'endangered' elements include platinum, copper, indium, gallium, and selenium.
1. Was an interesting article until I read the reference to
Moore's Second Law, which has never been defined. In fact, G. Moore said has
said "I'm not close enough now to
make new predictions — several things have been called Moore's Second Law but I
can't take credit for any of them" So what is this 'Second Law' ?
2. The "Almighty Buck" icon selection alludes to potential creation
of a new source of political and financial power that may rival oil producers"Link to Original Source