TOO MUCH INFORMATION
The Future of Computing:
Fabulous or Frightful?
[Source: AP Newswire, 8/22/96]
"Think computers, only smaller. So small you could swallow one or
wear one in your long johns."
"So smart they'd fade into the background and you'd notice only
the information you were getting, not where it was coming from."
"Already, the Army has a computer the size of a pill that could be
swallowed to track the core body temperatures of soldiers on
training missions. A pager-sized alarm would alert the commanding
officer that a recruit was about to go into hypothermia."
"In San Diego, the Navy is building a "sensate liner" - an
intelligent set of long johns woven from conductive polymers that
would tell medics what was wrong with a wounded soldier and how
soon they should get there..."
"At MIT, researchers envision a world where the computer a person
is wearing would interact with its environment, plucking
information out of the air for its master's use."
"'We have a plant in our lab which doesn't get watered
appropriately... A month later, the plant can send the message "I
need to be watered" and it would be uploaded to the system so that
anyone looking at the plant would see a little note that says,