"There was a time when a serious record collection took up an entire wall, now with Apple's iPod; you can pour the entire lot into a hard disk smaller than a cassette tape. The trend towards shrinking technology is overwhelming, with breakthroughs in mass storage and fast processors creating new niches. And what is groundbreaking is that you can do most things with unbelievably small high-speed gizmos that do not seriously deplete your bank balance. In contemporary times, small is definitely big and surprisingly powerful."
Sugata Sanyal is a Professor in the School of Technology & Computer Science at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
March 11, 5 pm, over phone.