The Future of Computing

In the future, will we still have desktops and laptops? What if we all had something different, something better(?). What if we all carried around, in our pockets, a device about the size of an iPod or Blackberry. What if this device was a whole computer? You’d be able to access the web at any time where ever you went. A pocket computer wouldn’t be able to replace the ease of use of a desktop though, right? Who says? We could have docking stations consisting of a monitor, keyboard, mouse, extra storage, and other add-ons and peripherals. You’d just plug the pocket computer in and you’d instantly have something resembling a desktop machine. There could even be laptop-sized docks for people who need more power on the go. There would be docking stations all over the place. Where you now find a public computer, you’d find a dock. Libraries, workplaces, internet cafes, you name it.

There would be docking stations all over the place.

This would be really cool, but only viable if you could fit the power of a desktop into a puny package. It may be doable though. Look at the processor industry lately. They’ve been making chips cooler and more energy efficient instead of faster. They’ve been doing more cores instead of a higher clock speed. Everything is being made smaller as time goes by, and the computer companies are trying to fit more into less space (the iMac is a prime example).

Will the pocket computer become as ubiquitous as a wallet?

Do we want our future computers to be like this? It depends. If it’s pulled off correctly, it would be great. However, I think a lot of people would still prefer to have just a desktop or laptop instead of a computer they carry with them. Will the pocket computer become as ubiquitous as a wallet?


 

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