If you want to predict the future, just look at what middle-class American teens are doing. And right now, they’re using their mobile phones for everything. In fact, many of them don’t even have private computers.1 These facts, combined with the factors above, paint a picture of the tablet as a fad, like the Netbook, and as a temporary sidestep on a radical change in the way people use the internet. In the future, we’ll all simply use our mobile phones for everything.
-Dustin Curtis, “Replacing the PC”
I don’t agree with everything Mr. Curtis states in his article. I especially don’t think (or hope) that the future will be mobile phone only. However, I do think that tablets need to find their niche, the thing they are better at than any other piece of technology we own.1 Recently in particular, I have found myself using my phone more and more and my tablet less and less because I am on the go and my phone is always with me. In addition, a laptop was provided to me with my new job and I basically always have that with me now as well.
All that being said, Dustin’s discussion of the uses of technology and the Internet are prescient. I definitely see a future where the Internet is an ethereal thing and a dumb pipe to the services that run atop it. All in all, “Replacing the PC” was a thought-provoking and altogether worrisome read.
There have been quite a few articles recently that espoused this idea. ↩
There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife
Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance
But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night
And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard