One of my favorite movies of 2016 was “Hidden Figures.” The main character, Katherine Johnson, and her team of colleagues had an interesting job title—Calculator! Here’s what Katherine said about her job: “On any given day, I analyze the binomial levels of air displacement, friction and velocity. And compute over ten thousand calculations by cosine, square root and lately analytic geometry. By hand.”
That was the 1960’s. It was amazing work, but work that took hours to complete—and something an in-memory computer could do in a fraction of a second today.
Just as in-memory computing transformed calculating by hand (and made jobs like Katherine’s much easier!), digital technologies are transforming the way we work today – and making our day-to-day activities more efficient.