Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Nano iPhone and the Dymaxion Principle

Way back in 1938 - in Nine Chains to the Moon - Buckminster Fuller coined a term, the "dymaxion principle," to describe a progression in technology that he was seeing all around him, and expected to see much more of in the future.

It was this: as technology became more advanced, it did more and more with less and less. Lighter, smaller, more flexible devices were more powerful.

Transistors, which would replace vacuum tubes, were right around the corner. Microchips were a few decades away. Two prime example of the dymaxion principle in operation.

It occurred to me, when I first read Fuller in the 1970s, that our brains are the ultimate embodiment of the dymaxion principle - we think, dream, plan, imagine, reason all from that kilogram of matter in our skulls.

It is therefore not surprising to learn that Apple will likely sometime next year replace its popular iPod Nano with a Nano iPhone. At first, the Nano iPhone will no doubt do less than the bigger, current model. But I predict that pretty soon, the standard iPhone will be both smaller than the current iPhone and more powerful ... all according to the dymaxion principle...

Indeed, this will happen, whether these initial reports are true or not...

See also: Hats off to George Hotz ... iPhone Arrives - I Predicted It in 1979 and iPhone Boosts Literacy and History Lesson: iPhone Sales Will Exceed Expectations and New York Times' David Pogue Sings "I Want An iPhone" to "My Way" and iPhone: Not Better iPod but New Species Media ... Mouth-Watering iPhone Commercial and the Real World ... Harry Potter and iPhone ...

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