Today I bought a 4GB USB flash drive from a local supermarket for RM39 (about US$11). Coincidentally I came across an old receipt in my desk drawer for a 64MB flash drive that I had bought almost exactly six years ago (4 October 2002 to be exact) which cost me RM299 (about US$80).

I suppose that could be cited as a excellent example of the application of Moore's Law. Not only has the price come down to about one eighth of what it was six years ago, but the capacity of the flash drive has increased by over 60 times.

If that trend continues we'll be buying 4TB flashdrives in another five years for a couple of dollars. The mind boggles.

I suppose if that happens there'll be no need for CDs, DVDs and so on. Everything will be on cheap flash drives that you can just plug into your TV, computer or whatever. People will be able to carry movies on a key ring.

An interesting consequence of that will be for all those countries in Asia that currently prohibit the import of DVDs unless they have been submitted to their country's censorship board for approval.

When DVDs become a thing of the past, will they require every traveller to declare their flash drives in case they are carrying on their key ring a movie that is contrary to their political, cultural or religious beliefs?

I wonder if those countries have even started to think about how technology and Moore's Law is shortly going to make all of their archaic censorship laws redundant.

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