BBC Radio 4 called this weekend hoping I would be willing to be interviewed in the middle of the night for their celebration of what they were calling “the 50th anniversary of the microchip,” which I came to understand meant the planar process that made possible the first integrated circuit.
But this is the 52nd anniversary. The BBC is running two years late.
I broke it to them gently.
If you are interested in those events of 52 years ago, here is a presentation all about it from the Computer History Museum back in 2009. This is a long video at 1:42 but be sure to look for Gordon Moore’s Powerpoint presentation, which runs about 20 minutes and is well worth viewing.