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Old 01-01-2005, 02:49 PM   #4
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Agreed, we are still a ways off from the watershed event, though these happen without much warning (tsunamis come to mind ... ). Something will need to satisfy an already existing need to make the jump. Things like Dan Bricklin's VisiCalc and all the similar applications, through Apple's online media store that makes the iPod a success, that trigger a large demand.

Still, I think we may see the birth of such an event this year or next, but may not recognize it at first (like the poor souls who saw the seas recede prior to the tsunamis and didn't realize the need to run, that such events always mean the impending arrival of massive waves.)

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Or even better, how about when desk surfaces themselves are ebook displays and the surface can display all that content in whatever style you desire.

And then continuing the futuristic thoughts, ...
futuristic = 1930's. Read "As We May Think" by Vannemar Bush (attached) to see how old this idea is. BTW, Bush is the inventor of the concept of hyperlinked text and this is the original popular press article from the mid-40's where he discusses what are now Web Browsers, eBooks, and electronic reference materials with full text search.

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... Kind of like that movie. Can't think of the name, but I think it was with that guy from Top Gun. He has all these screens up on displays all over the room...
"Minority Report"
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