Ubiquitous computing--how to get there from here
The degree to which microchip technology influences people's everyday lives is constantly growing. The increasingly cheap manufacture of devices, in tandem with ever greater miniaturization, has enabled the realization of applications that once belonged solely in the realm of science fiction. The benevolent use of such technology could greatly enhance the individual's quality of life; however, the possibility that governments or businesses use this technology to snoop on private citizens has raised serious concerns in some quarters. University of Tokyo professor Ken Sakamura describes some of the technological advances that are transforming society--both listing the potential benefits and offering various caveats--and suggests a possible timeline for future developments. Although enthusiastic about the possibilities, the author also cautions that technology which is so closely integrated with people's daily lives must be fool-proof and cannot simply be an extension of todays hit-and-miss PC technology.
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