The whole purpose of the computer is to transmit data from one location to another, is it not? Transferring data from servers to other servers to your computer through your network connection to the inner workings of the computer and finally to your eyes and ears. Or in reverse, originating from the user and traveling out into the cyber world to reach others. Communication pretty much right?
The growth in computers has been to make this transfer faster and faster, which it has become amazingly fast, but where is the real change? You still need x,y,z parts to build a computer and this and that software to control it. It's a fun game building a computer and spending $1000's every year or so and feeling cool but that's all it is, fun. Computers should be tools used to increase the quality of life and instead it seems like they have become a trap. These companies release a product, charge top dollar and then 6 months later release another product and so on. I often hear "That's just how technology is" and I disagree. We don't need a computer broken down into all these components and sold to us one piece at a time. A computer should be one single unit and everyone works on improving it. That would mean companies like Apple and Microsoft combining efforts to really evolve computers. The goal of these companies should be to create technology that helps the planet and all life on it. At least that would be my company's goal. How is Windows 8 or OS X making computers "better"? Operating systems over the past 10 years haven't changed much in the sense that they still do the same thing.
What do you guys think?
Answer by trueb · Dec 21, 2012 at 06:23 PM
"The whole purpose of the computer is to transmit data from one location to another, is it not?"
No it is to computer data faster than humans can, networking came later allowing you to transfer data. Computers are just really good at sharing data if you connect them because they are good at doing what we tell them to.
"Computers should be tools used to increase the quality of life and instead it seems like they have become a trap."
Computers do increase the quality of life (arguably.) they only become a trap if you allow them to.
"These companies release a product, charge top dollar and then 6 months later release another product and so on. I often hear "That's just how technology is" and I disagree. We don't need a computer broken down into all these components and sold to us one piece at a time."
I bought my laptop, the only two pieces it came in is the laptop, and the battery... And i dont know how you can disagree, that is how technology works, we get better at things, make things cheaper and smaller, companies need to recoop their capital which is why they charge a lot when it comes out.
"A computer should be one single unit and everyone works on improving it."
What do you conciser a "single unit?" my laptop is a single unit, there really is no way to get all the parts on one thing on a desktop, its just not practical.
"That would mean companies like Apple and Microsoft combining efforts to really evolve computers."
Yeah because neither company has really done anything to contribute to computing technology have they? Competition drives technology, working togeather will produce 1 product, and only 1 and would slow it down.
"The goal of these companies should be to create technology that helps the planet and all life on it."
The goal of ALL companies is to make money. end of story. They can take a green approach, but at the heart that is a cost savings method and a PR stunt.
"Operating systems over the past 10 years haven't changed much in the sense that they still do the same thing."
A wrench has done the same thing since 1835 (first patent date), if a tool works, what is the need to change it? an OS has not changed much at its core principle because they have not had to change, there job is to assist the applications to access the hardware
What do I think?
I think that this is not well thought out, if you don't like the technology game with buying new high end technology, then stop playing. I sure as hell dont buy the newest high end stuff every year, and i don't spend $1000 on my computer every year either
Answer by ClosetFuturist · Dec 21, 2012 at 06:37 PM
The idea is to create technology in a decentralized manor. When the populous coordinates on anything it progresses exponentially. It's the swarm tactic. Without the development being croudsourced the progression would be extremely slower. If the industry were to centralize the progression would likely plateau and prices would likely skyrocket.
There are many new efforts to croudsource hardware development. This effort is likely to extend the amount of time the rate of progression occurs. It's also likely to drive down costs.
To be honest, Windows 8 is the first OS to move toward a general use hand held.
Answer by jabzthman360 · Dec 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
To answer the question of "when the computer is going to evolve" truth is, it already has. And it is almost constantly doing so. I think you need to do a bit more research into how far technology has come and just how "computers" in various forms, not just your bog standard desktop and laptop have contributed to the world around you. You also need to understand the economics of the industry. Everyone has to make money, thats how the world works. It has allowed us to advance things further in leaps and bounds in almost every way.
I take it based on your reasons above that you are someone who just uses the computer for recreational purposes but to some people like myself It's a tool that I have come to make my living from. I can tell you there is a lot that goes into the design and manufacture of a computer system underneath it all which is very highly complex, and it is those very changes which allow me to offer more to my clients or allow me to complete tasks much quicker than it would other wise take doing it by hand or even with a computer from a few years ago.
Your view on this is very limited and there is very little i can do to impress upon you the shear magnitude of an effect the current changes in technology help people do things and indirectly help you. Whether its using a mobile device in a remote location to collect sensitive data, computer systems used to simulate complex chemical or mechanical structures, or computers being implanted inside of people to monitor vital signs or regulate bodily functions.
Don't you think its amazing enough that the very software, (a bunch of 0's and 1's) you are taking for granted, allows us to do a lot of things with what is effectively just sand( silicon, semiconductor materials ) and metal ( Conductive elements). And by the way, quite a lot of it would not be possible in the manner it is today if it wasn't for companies like Microsoft and Apple.
Answer by mutley2209 · Jan 16, 2013 at 03:15 PM
sooner than you'd think and no just computer, i give you Graphene! Graphene is a flat sheet of carbon, one-atom thick so it's only visible in two dimensions under a powerful microscope, when stretched it's stronger than diamond, it's highly flexible so it can be use to create strong materials such as screens that can bend to any shape, it also conducts electricity far better than copper. It's invention and application will usher in a new industrial revolution!