IX.5 September 2002
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Pemberton’s laptop


One of the things I love about working in the computer
  field is Moore’s Law. I know that in 10 years time I
  will have a computer 100 times as fast, and with similarly
  much more memory. People have been telling me since the ‘70s
  that it will stop soon, but they’ve been wrong for so long,
  that I feel secure in my belief that I won’t see the end of
  it. Or the similar law for network bandwidth.


What will I do with 64Gbytes of main memory on my
  laptop? Will I really have a multi Gigabit network connection
  to my home? When I was designing a programming language for
  personal computing in the ‘80s (a language that led to Python
  by the way), people would laugh at me when I gave a talk to
  hobbyists and said that the language would never run on
  machines with less than 128K of memory. All they had were
  Commodore 64s.


So I love to think about how changes in technology affect
  how we work with it. Who would have predicted the change that
  300 dpi printers brought to how we print and publish?


That’s why it is a special delight this issue to have Ben
  Shneiderman, one of our top researchers in HCI, giving us a
  preview of his new book, contemplating what our needs are,
  and how the future use of technology could solve some of our
  problems. I hope you enjoy it too.




Steven Pemberton



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