Monday, August 15, 2011

IBM Exec - End of PC Era?

"My primary computer now is a tablet," Mark Dean, now the CTO of IBM's Middle East and Africa unit, wrote in a blog post. "When I helped design the PC, I didn't think I'd live long enough to witness its decline. But, while PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they're no longer at the leading edge of computing. They re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs."
He added that it's not so much the computing power of new technologies like tablets and smartphones are supplanting the PC, but that these new devices are encouraging new ways of working and communicating.
"These days, it's becoming clear that innovation flourishes best, not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact. It is there that computing can have the most powerful impact on economy, society and people's lives."
The important thing here for media and journalism is the vision expressed - the continuing expansion of more mobile connectiveness and use, and the continued growth of social computing activities.  Media and journalists should be thinking about how to take advantage of this shift.

Source: "IBM Exec: The End of the PC Era is Here",

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