Originally Posted by hollowtek
article has a very pessimistic and grim outlook of the future of pc's. sadly i believe he's on to something. i'm sure everyone who's watched one of those sci-fi oldies that has holograms or projected tactile devices knew that was ultimately what the future has in store for us. tablets are one step closer to that realization. hell, even i knew when i was a a little rugrat that a small pc in the palm of your hands was going to be the future. it's only a matter of time before we have that climactic shift from full fledged desktop/mobile device to a truly personal, mobile tablet/hologram style device. though for sure this isn't anytime soon, i'm willing to place my bets it will happen within by the next decade. i'll be sad when that day comes and probably always think about the old days when keyboard and mouse was awesome...
That prediction is based on assumption that the peoples need for personal computational power does not increase at the same or near same rate as computational power of the devices. Under such assumption its indeed quite feasible to see a future where no one needs a desktop system as his need for computation power at his/her disposal is fulfilled by the portable system always with the person.
I personally find it hard to believe that such assumption would hold as for me, it seems, that the need for computational power at personal level increases roughly at the same rate as the technology progresses as with increased power new services emerge that make use of that computational power. For example, such simple tasks as handling your vacation photos or compiling a video of your new kid for the upcoming family meeting make quite full use of a desktop system. Stronger laptops can do it as well .. but .. well .. lets say it would be abit slow .. to do so on a truly portable format like tablet or your smartphone. As the resolutions increase with technology the photos are not exactly getting smaller so these two I would expect to scale very well with the progress of tech. Atm its fullHD, next 4k, etc, until we hit the limitation of the human vision system and with increasing tech stuff like 3D will be added even to the home videos eventually.