Thinking in 10-20 years from now, what will...

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by austincpy, Feb 16, 2003.

  1. austincpy macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Long Beach, CA
    What will the computing experience be for users? Will Windows be around? Will Apple be alive (if not, no more computers for me personally)? What will everything be like? How will we live in life? Computers won't be in our brains, but they will be maybe iPod size. What does the future behold?
  2. timbloom macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2002
    Personally, this may sound a little far fetched, but i think we will probably switch back to mainframe-style computing. People having dumb terminals all ran by a main server, modern PC's and macs are getting so fast for average users, they could allready handle a handful of sessions. This would be cheaper than purchasing 1000 different machines, making upgrades easier too, and administration easier.
  3. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    centralized computing will probably come back, i agree. it already has made a huge comeback, it's potential uses are huge. but i think before long we're going to hit two different revolutions; one for hardware, which i think will go more biotechnology (a biological processor isn't so far fetched when you think about it), and software that becomes so complex it will have to interface with a user in different ways, utilizing more of the senses until finally in 20-100 years we're seeing neural integration.

    just my thoughts :) i don't wanna sound like those "flying cars in 1990" people from the '50s, but then we've made advances in places no one expected...

  4. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    i've had a few ideas of computer advancements. first of all...i don't think personal computer will be that much smaller...i mean you still need some sort of keyboard unless they totally change the way you input data...and a screen, though i think foldable screens are right around the corner. but as for major changes..think about this...

    if you had a some sort of implant in your optical nerve so that you can have a virtual screen like a sort of HUD, and some how manipulate it with your hands. It should be could have the same sort of thing in your ears for audio. how cool would this stuff be!
  5. macphoria macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2002
    There will be mechanical implants and nanomachines. Display will no longer be needed, visuals will be simulated onto our retina via electric stimulation. Wireless device will be implanted in our brain and that will communicate/interact with other devices, making keyboard/mouse obsolete. Information/data will be kept in our own body at molecular level. Main processor will be our own brain, helped by bio-engineering that will utilize unused areas of the brain. It will not hinder our thought process, because computing/processing will take place at subconscious level. For processor "upgrade", we will take steroid type brain stimulant.
  6. yosoyjay macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2002
    I don't think pcs will transform radically from their form today. I think they will become immensely powerful and serve as a sort of mainframe/server for everyother device in your home including stereo, tv, stove, lights, climate control, utilities etc...
  7. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    :eek: Maybe IBM was right all along... :eek:
  8. timbloom macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2002
    I personally don't think that we will see truely useful implants any time soon, even if they were people would be very hesitant to use them. I don't want the slammer 12.0 knocking out my neural pathways for a day or so.
    I can allready see it "Why weren't you at work yesterday Tim?!", "Sorry, spammers got around my optical popup blocker and all I could see was porn for 8 hours."

    I think, more realisticly is that we will see a larger divide between busniess-level computing, professional level, and consumer computing. Each should become more efficient to their uses. Apple is allready making major headway currently in consumer, while Linux is what I would see in businesses evolving back into mainframes (of course more advanced than what most of you are probably thinking of). The professional computing will probably see number-crunching powerhouses at a much smaller scale, but not like having a handheld Cray or anything.
    I think current-style silicon processors will remain the norm, pushing them too the limits as far as we can, with more advanced processors being seen in the heavy number-crunching markets. Overall I expect a slowdown in clock-speed demand, and more of the "what can this really do for me, in my particular situation" mentality.
  9. daniel77 macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2002
    seattle, wa
    Re: Thinking in 10-20 years from now, what will...

    Apple will finally get to 2ghz :rolleyes:

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