Tuesday , October 20 2020

What costs are exponentially dropping ?, Hacker News


            
            
            

                  

– cloud storage -data costs (cell phone, broadband) -hosting (became free in last couple of years thanks to Netlify, GH pages etc.)

            
            
            
            
            

                  

The exponential part is going to trip up most of this. In the best scenarios you might get that for a very short duration of time in a segment and then see a continued, very slow decline in costs.

Space launch costs, thanks initially to SpaceX pressure.

Wireless and wired broadband access costs per bit continue to decline persistently globally. Satellite broadband costs are about to do a hard one-time plunk as Starlink comes online (another example of the short lived nature of the biggest drops).

            
            

                  

the price of genome sequencing is no longer dropping exponentially. And when it was, it was heavily amortized across very expensive machines that masked the true costs.

            

                  

Huh, didn’t know this. Surely the cost of the machines has to be included somehow in the cost per basepair?

            

                  

This. The only current driver of cost reduction in genome sequencing at the moment is subsidization.

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