Posted by: devinmoore | January 5, 2007

2007: the ultimate computer of the future predictions

wristwatch computer image

It is 2007, and technology continues to advance at an amazing pace. But to what end? What would the ultimate computer of the future be capable of? Using the paradigm of today’s PC’s, I propose the following measures for determining that we have built an “ultimate computer”:
1. Even with its throughput maxed out, it would take you a lifetime (~80 years) to fill the capacity alloted when you purchased the system (might not require local storage).
2. The computer appears to run all available applications simultaneously without a noticable performance impact.
3. The computer appears to run any application or access any data from over the internet at least as fast as it can access the information from any local media.
4. All your documents and information appear to be available securely from any computer, regardless of which computer has actually stored them.
5. Any foreign document appears to open with a virtualization of the program it requires, with no delay, just as if the program were already installed.

For example, in today’s terms, the computer appears to the user that it is running all applications simultaneously, but it actually be doing something more complex or different, such as a very fast cache of each program’s settings and some clever memory usage.

More? Are these all a complete joke? With the availability of 37 Terabyte HDD’s pending, I think the ultimate computer may be closer than we realize.

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