The sleek and stylistic appearance of their products is their biggest selling point.
@pcharles, I totally agree with you. In future I think Apple's car might become very popular. I recently saw this iMove video, where people are trying to design cars taking inspiration from Mac computers.
Fascinating review of perception of past and future, Kim. It is kind of a "back to the future". We seem to like what we understand and project the future through that prism.
I fully agree with your premise that the explosion of technology (i.e.., Google glass, etc.) will transform our future in positive, and unexpected ways. Just look at the continuing development/role of the internet (now in an expanded role with social media).
We can envision to a degree, but I think reality will exceed our visions going forward. Moore's law is in full play.
@Kim which weren't always so good, of course. But there really was a great optimisim about the future during the Victorian period -- part of their belief in general progress. Even William Wordsworth accepted technology in "Steamboats, Viaducts, and Railways." The 20th Century, I would say was split. You had Disney celebrate it in things like Tomorrowland and "Carousel of Progress." But you also had a great deal of literature envisioning a post-nuclear holocaust world in the 1950s.
@Kim This morning's Osgood file broadcast on the radio addressed the perceptions of the future in the past versus our present perception of the future (sounds confusing enough). The conclusion was that in the past, the outlook was too optimstic but that today's outlook, likely, is too pessimistic.
I believe each book in this trilogy is set one year before its publication (i.e. you are referring to the second or third book in the trilogy of which I've just read the first (okay, I am rambling now...)).
One of Gibson's ongoing themes is that we're living in the future now. One of his recent books was published in 2007, but set in 2006, filled with experimental augmented reality and other technology that did, indeed, make it seem like it was set in the future.
Patter Recognition, first of a post 9/11 trilogy, published in 2003 (set in 2002, I believe). Because it's packed with so much technological detail, it's interesting to see how much has changed (remember "iBook"?) and how much has stayed the same.
Marissa Mayer at Yahoo has come out with her strategy on turning the company around: culture, company, calibration, and compensation. But Yahoo needs to have a technical approach to the mobile cloud opportunity, not a management theory lesson.
The Amazon smartphone rumor and the Apple mini-iPad rumor show that the mobile device giants think they have to be in all the device spaces to win. Why? Because the cloud can create an ecosystem where every device can cooperate to support the user, and if you don't supply all the devices you miss out on the total value.
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