This is time for birthdays; this month marks the 35th anniversary of the Intel 4004 microprocessor.
I had the opportunity to speak at an event with Gordon Moore a few years ago. I'm sure this very dialog was not the first time Gordon had encountered it, but I had to say it anyway. Speaking just before him, I quiped that, while I absolutely admire all the contributions he'd made, without software, Intel's chips would be nothing more than a pile of sand. Gordon then started his presentation with the remark that, without his chips, our software would be just marks on paper.
Such is the yin and yang, the eternal cosmic dance of hardware and software.