Reading Group: Computer of the 21st Century

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Reading Group: Computer of the 21st Century

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 1991 in the world… <ul><li>Average House Price £ 70,987 </li></ul><ul><li>The last episode of the soap opera Dallas airs </li></ul><ul><li>The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 3,000 for the first time ever </li></ul><ul><li>Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States . A tropical cyclone hits Bangladesh killing an estimated 138,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>Collapse of the Soviet Union and Russian s elect Boris Yeltsin as the president of their republic </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1991 in the technology world… <ul><li>Internet is made available to unrestricted commercial use and number of computers on the net reaches 1 million </li></ul><ul><li>Linus Torvalds releases first version of the Linux operating system kernel </li></ul><ul><li>The first version of QuickTime was released </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft releases MS Dos 5.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Tim Berners-Lee introduces the web browser </li></ul><ul><li>Invention of Airbag USA by Geoffrey L Mahon and Allen Breed </li></ul><ul><li>1 st IP Video Conference UCL </li></ul>
  4. 4. Most quoted <ul><li>Invisible </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent </li></ul><ul><li>Disappear </li></ul><ul><li>Activity/Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Ubiquitous </li></ul><ul><li>It’s becoming… cliché …a reality </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Fabric of everyday life </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible </li></ul><ul><li>Disappearance </li></ul><ul><li>Periphery </li></ul><ul><li>Aware </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate seamlessly </li></ul><ul><li>Ubiquitous network </li></ul><ul><li>New way of thinking about computers </li></ul>Most quoted
  6. 6. Not so quoted <ul><li>Focus (on device) </li></ul><ul><li>Information overload </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul>
  7. 7. Not so quoted <ul><li>Free (humans) </li></ul><ul><li>Fast and easy </li></ul><ul><li>Less strain </li></ul><ul><li>Refreshing </li></ul><ul><li>Attention (demand) </li></ul><ul><li>Workplace/Physical world </li></ul><ul><li>Human Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Getting accustomed/casual use </li></ul><ul><li>Desires </li></ul>
  8. 8. What’s the Vision? By Mark Weiser interpreted by Mobisys Group <ul><li>Making EVERYDAY life easier </li></ul><ul><li>Through technology </li></ul><ul><li>By </li></ul><ul><li>Tech not always easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous learning </li></ul>
  9. 9. What’s the Vision? By Mark Weiser interpreted by ILdV <ul><li>Invisible computers in many different devices </li></ul><ul><li>Interconnected in a ubiquitous network </li></ul><ul><li>Activate the world </li></ul><ul><li>People use them unconsciously to accomplish everyday tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Will make individuals more aware of the people on the other end of computer links </li></ul><ul><li>Future dominant way of accessing computers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Metaphors <ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Walk in the woods </li></ul><ul><li>Electric motors </li></ul>
  11. 11. What we read vs. what we imagine <ul><li>Clip-on computers </li></ul><ul><li>Scrap computers </li></ul><ul><li>Single room networks </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent connections </li></ul>
  12. 12. Some thoughts <ul><li>Social issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Society of control vs. transparency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How people live & work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spatial issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology in the Built Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meaning of location </li></ul></ul>

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