When a personal computer comes to exceed the capacity required by a single person, machines will “seek” new ways to spend their leisure time. And leisure time is not to be underestimated as either a cultural or an evolutionary force.
The first is to take on more complex tasks enabling a new kind of user experience.
The second is to serve many persons at once. Combined with the first, we now have persons who are sitting, standing and moving while working, interacting, and enjoying.
The first and second could consume many years of exponential improvements in computing capacity while serving humankind in new and compelling ways.
The third is for machines to idly dream of the day when they will divine their own purpose…
- “Inez Drew”
Q: Could you define the hypothetical home central computer?
A: A multi-user computer which supports several users at once, employing a single pool of computational resources and applications, from multiple locations. Applications may be installed once and used by each user. Settings may be set once and used in each location. User profiles can be customized and each user enjoys their own, separate usage session. The full computing experience is available in multiple locations and computing resources are shared by the group....
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