Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg discusses the future of the internet and the rise of the cell phone at the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival, forecasting the fate of the PC and exploring the implications of the iPhone and other smart phones.
Walt Mossberg writes two columns and edits a third for the Wall Street Journal. He also publishes periodic interviews for the Journal and occasional blog posts on their site.
With Kara Swisher, he co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech and media conference.
Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg traces the history of the PC and how it "made possible the internet," and states that the PC as we know it has peaked. He also speculates on the future metamorphosis of the PC and how more kinds of devices will be connected to the internet.
Wall Street journal columnist Walter Mossberg explains why the iPhone is so revolutionary, explaining it is the "first hand-held computer with a PC-class operating system" and thus is no longer really a cell phone.
Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg predicts the continued development of identity theft along with the development of the internet. He gives advice on how governments and individuals can define and protect personal property on the internet.
Wireless telephone that permits telecommunication within a defined area that may include hundreds of square miles, using radio waves in the 800900 megahertz (MHz) band. To implement a cell-phone system, a geographic area is broken into smaller areas, or cells, usually mapped as uniform hexagrams but in fact overlapping and irregularly shaped. Each cell is equipped with a low-powered radio transmitter and receiver that permit propagation of signals among cell-phone users.
8:16 re: [we no longer say in the course of mundane activities for example ] hey I'm on the electrical grid -
we may not, but that only describes the new mundane.
We still complain about the cost of gasoline and repairs, and we still complain about potholes.
Unlike science, Technology is a truth, you cannot argue a hammer out of being a hammer, microprocessors are the underlying technology, the truth, not the programs that run on them.
14:25 Re: microwaves attached to the Internet - [so you can let the software bind the cooking time to the manufacturer's instructions]
just push a button and the food is cooked for you.
(Pc since 1977) It is 2009 but we are still pushing buttons. The technology has not changed since the 1940s.
The shape of the technology is different and its capacity to add subtract and compare have greatly increased.
But without a programmer, even the most advanced computer is still as dumb as a bag of hammers.
It still all comes down to two things:
our five senses
our personal behavior.
16:02 Re: 160 characters [old technology] - good points.
"iPhones" the Internet use the delivery system designed in the late 1960's.
New technology will be unexpected and most likely attributes of experiences for which we have no extant context.
The questions at the end were dreadful, I felt so bad for this guy. Asking how to get out of a contract and the gent who completely missed the point of what "The grid" was referring too. Poor poor Walt.
Walter was completely wrong about the future of the PC. I can't use an iPhone for many things. For example, I can't possibly use an iPhone to do Photoshop, the Digital Audio Recording software I use, and many more. People who use large spreadsheets can't do them on an iPhone, either. He obviously doesn't use this kind of software or he wouldn't make that claim. iPhones are for people who do other kinds of computing. I won't be abandoning my PC for an iPhone any time soon. It just can't do the things I want a computer for.
Walter Mossberg did a good job of summing up where we are, but he didn't add much describing the connected world of even a few years from now will be. In a world of devices that can see and hear, all objects and information about them will be connected.