Friday, February 23, 2007

The virtual PC of the future

People always tend to overestimate the advancement of computer technology, beginning with the HAL computer from the Movie “2001 A Space Odyssey”.

For decades people have been heralding the advent of true artificial intelligence, yet very little has been brought forth other than speech recognition and language translation, relatively simple tasks compared to a real AI application.

But what will a PC look like in 50 years? Surely, we will not be forced to use old-fashioned keyboards, and some say that the PC of the future might look like this:

Imagine a single small device that handles all of the external devices with a motion-sensitive keyboard and virtual screen display . . . .