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Highly interactive computing environments: the next wave
Author(s): Elliot Soloway
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Paper Abstract

For a long time, computer types have been saying ’’wait till next year's computer, then we will have lots of power.” And next year came, and things changed, but not as dramatically as we had been led to expect. The 90's will finally be when those computer-types won’t be crying wolf: the accompanying graph shows quite clearly that we are. finally, on the elbow of the "MIPS exponential." Those who translate the above graph onto log paper, get a straight line, and then say "so what," are missing the point: there is another, but much grander, threshold of usability that we are crossing. That is, we have seen in the last few years a veritable order of magnitude increase in the use of computers in everyday life: lots and lots of folks routinely use computers on a moment-by-moment basis. And those folks are now ready for the next increment of computer-based support. The above curve says that the pure horsepower is going to be there; the only issues, of course, are what to provide and how to build it.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1990
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 1293, Applications of Artificial Intelligence VIII, (1 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21145
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Elliot Soloway, Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1293:
Applications of Artificial Intelligence VIII
Mohan M. Trivedi, Editor(s)

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