Save us and preserve us. Those clever folks down the road at the Palo Alto Research Center (Parc) have had a vision. The scales have fallen from their eyes and they have seen the future.
Tomorrow's world, according to Parc, centres on an all-pervasive next-generation super-network which, chillingly, will be designed to bring unobtrusive computing into all aspects of our lives.
As yet details of this Matrix-like world of ubiquitous networking and computing which Parc will create with its new joint venture buddy Fujitsu are unclear. But the vision is to place computers at the centre of our lives.
This may all sound a tad outlandish, but taking a long view we can't help making comparisons with Parc's Last Big Thing: the Wimp interface (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointers).
There were many who said this would never replace the trusty command line as the ubiquitous computer interface, but Bill Gates was not one of them.
The lessons of history do not favour placing odds on Parc's parent Xerox being the company that commercialises this idea of computing ubiquity, but stranger things have happened.
And if it doesn't, there's a very good chance that another firm might. Remember: there is no spoon.
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