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  • The computer for the 21 st Century Discussing Mark Weiser’s 20 th Century Vision of the future of Technology Results of Discussion Preparatory work ILdV 25.11.08
  • 1991 in the world…
    • Average House Price £ 70,987
    • The last episode of the soap opera Dallas airs
    • The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 3,000 for the first time ever
    • Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States . A tropical cyclone hits Bangladesh killing an estimated 138,000 people
    • Collapse of the Soviet Union and Russian s elect Boris Yeltsin as the president of their republic
  • 1991 in the technology world…
    • Internet is made available to unrestricted commercial use and number of computers on the net reaches 1 million
    • Linus Torvalds releases first version of the Linux operating system kernel
    • The first version of QuickTime was released
    • Microsoft releases MS Dos 5.0
    • Tim Berners-Lee introduces the web browser
    • Invention of Airbag USA by Geoffrey L Mahon and Allen Breed
    • 1 st IP Video Conference UCL
  • Most quoted
    • Invisible
    • Transparent
    • Disappear
    • Activity/Interaction
    • Ubiquitous
    • It’s becoming… cliché …a reality
    • Fabric of everyday life
    • Invisible
    • Disappearance
    • Periphery
    • Aware
    • Integrate seamlessly
    • Ubiquitous network
    • New way of thinking about computers
    Most quoted
  • Not so quoted
    • Focus (on device)
    • Information overload
    • Security
  • Not so quoted
    • Free (humans)
    • Fast and easy
    • Less strain
    • Refreshing
    • Attention (demand)
    • Workplace/Physical world
    • Human Psychology
    • Getting accustomed/casual use
    • Desires
  • What’s the Vision? By Mark Weiser interpreted by Mobisys Group
    • Making EVERYDAY life easier
    • Through technology
    • By
    • Tech not always easy to use
    • Continuous learning
  • What’s the Vision? By Mark Weiser interpreted by ILdV
    • Invisible computers in many different devices
    • Interconnected in a ubiquitous network
    • Activate the world
    • People use them unconsciously to accomplish everyday tasks
    • Will make individuals more aware of the people on the other end of computer links
    • Future dominant way of accessing computers
  • Metaphors
    • Writing
    • Walk in the woods
    • Electric motors
  • What we read vs. what we imagine
    • Clip-on computers
    • Scrap computers
    • Single room networks
    • Transparent connections
  • Some thoughts
    • Social issues
      • Society of control vs. transparency
      • How people live & work
    • Spatial issues
      • Technology in the Built Environment
      • Meaning of location