A View of The Future
A speech given to the IDSA/IBM Designabout on Pervasive Computing at Pallisades, New York on December 3, 1999
By Bruce Sterling
Let me get right down to virtual brass tacks here, and tackle the issue at hand. I want to talk about my favorite variety of so-called "pervasive computing."
This is a new, young concept, still in search of its identity. It's yet another little electronic frontier, but there seem to be two main parts to it.
The first kind of pervasive computing is the kind where
data falls out of the sky, and oozes out of the walls,
and I've got some kind of hardware device on me, and I'm computing with
it. The data is the pervasive part, and I'm focussing it for my
own purposes with some GUI gizmo. That is the high-bandwidth
wireless Internet. I have no problem believing in that.
It's not at all farfetched. A lot of money is going there, and
impressive things will be done. But since I'm a science
fiction writer, I don't find it all that attractive.
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