April 2, 2001

No next step for technology?

Author: JT Smith

ZDNET: "What if there is no easy next step for technology? What if there is
no need for going any further, at least not in the immediate future? In the sixties, exploring outer
space was all the rage. There seemed to be such implacable logic to it: first we put a man on the
moon, then on Mars, etc. To infinity and beyond. Well, it didn't really work out that way, did it?

The computer business looks a bit like the space program of the sixties. There is (or rather, was)
a lot of starry eyed enthusiasm about what technology could provide. Unfortunately, we have
now come to the end of one growth phase--and we don¹t know yet how and when the next one
will kick in."


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