The Third Wave of Computing

Technology has the power of disappearing. Electricity and lights in houses are so normal that we don’t think of them as technologies. It is only when the power goes out that we remember the importance of them. Computers and the Internet are heading the same way, disappearing or becoming ubiquitous.

In the New Technology paper The third Wave of Computing, Günter Schulmeister applies a framework of theories, which helps to describe the past and forecast future of technologies, on ubiquitous computing. It gives a short overview of ubiquitous computing in the fist part and define the framework in the second part. The third and last part, uses the framework to describe the rise of ubiquitous computing. It will also mention cases of companies and products connected to ubicomp (ubiquitous computing), which shared common destiny with certain aspects of the framework.

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