Wozniak was speaking in Sydney at an event for Fusion-IO, a solid state storage company of which he is chief scientist. He was speaking about trends in the industry, and in particular improvements in storage technology.
“Disk drives are becoming like tape drives once were – used for backup storage,” he said. “Rotational disks will be around for a while, but flash memory, particularly NAND, is being used more and more. It’s faster, and like processors it will also continue to improve in price performance.”
Wozniak said that the storage and processor improvements were enabling massive changes in many aspects of life. “Everything’s now in memory. Artists can render stuff in real time. Everything we do has an app. We are moving towards being able to treat all memory as one large array, which opens u massive possibilities.”
Wozniak is spending an increasing amount of his time in Australia, and is reportedly considering taking out Australian citizenship.