The era of so-called “personal” computing (as we’ve known it for 40 years) is coming to a close. Just as the precursors to personal computing—mainframes and minicomputers—have persisted, occupying an evolutionary niche, so too will apps and screens.
John Allsopp explores the ways in which personal computing has become deeply impersonal and how the modern age of apps, screens, and devices that bring personal computing to us on the go is evolving and impacting human interaction. John then looks toward the next age of personal computing—one where humans will interact with machines in more seamless and futuristic ways—exploring the potential building blocks of next-generation technology, from VR and AR to speech recognition and machine learning.
John Allsopp is director of Web Directions. John has a background in computer science and mathematics. He has developed software and written books, courses, tutorials, and articles for web designers and developers. He also speaks not infrequently on all things web in Australia and around the world.
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