A world in which virtually every object has processing power with wireless or wired connections to a global network is the world of “pervasive computing”. Stephen Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller Minority Report (based on the short story by Philip K. Dick) depicts the world of 2054. The film shows a consumer-driven world of pervasive computing 50 years from now. Examine the research literature to see how close we are to Spielberg’s/Dick’s vision. If this vision were to become a reality, what would be the implications for the world we now live in?
“At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technological feat that cannot be achieved – if it can be achieved at all – within the next few hundred years.”
Arthur C. Clarke, 1983.
To begin, the rapid evolution of information technology is transforming our society and its environment. The craze to have things faster, easier and at the tip of out fingers has spurned the technological world to new heights. On the whole, information technology has been a powerful force in the development of today’s civilization. It is an intrinsic part of the present cultural system and it both shapes and reflects our society’s goals and values. Nowadays, as information technology is developing at an extremely high speed, it seems to be occupying more and more space in our daily life, not mentioning our personal and professional life which has simply become dependent on its development and progress. Fifty years ago, computers were considered the objects of science fiction. Less than twenty years ago, we first began to see personal computers taking their place in homes and offices all over the globe. Today, using computers, mobile phones, printers and other intelligent technology is taken for granted. More people than ever have more than one personal computer in... [continues]
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