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    breaking smart | 2/7/15 | 7 min
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    • bartadamley
      1 week ago

      Still takes a second to grasp the opportunities and consequences of a change like this! How will we look back on 2020 ... 60 years out in technological terms? As far as accessibility goes?

      In 1943, only a small handful of people working on classified military projects had access to the earliest computers. Even in 1974, the year of Peak Centralization, only a small and privileged group had access to the early hacker-friendly minicomputers like the DEC PDP series. But by 1993, the PC revolution had nearly delivered on Bill Gates’ vision of a computer at every desk, at least in the developed world. And by 2000, laptops and Blackberries were already foreshadowing the world of today, with near-universal access to smartphones, and an exploding number of computers per person.