1.) Naturally all computers will use digitally based processors as long as they continue function out of logic. I do understand the nature of the
question, so to be more specfic, I'd say that binary procs(electric gateways) will still be around, but trinary procs that use quantum/chemical
gateways are also probable ten years from now. binaries would of course be relatively cheap compared to trinary machines though..
2.)Yes, I would certainly hope so. Naturally other additions to the design and fabrication of processors woudl also advance, namely data pipelines,
optics in place of some electric gateways, perhaps even an extended register set other than what would be available from the IA-64 and AMD-64
instruction sets, much larger on-die(L1) cache as well buffering cache(L2 & L3).
3.) Handheld PC market will continue to grow, Desktop systems and terminals that we are familar with will also remain (gotta have some way to manage a
) Not a strongly agree since I feel that both are still going to be around.
4.)In general and off the shelf most likely, however handmedowns that have less will also be around as more and more folks involve themselves with
computers. The draw and lure of the Internet constantly inspires or encourages others to obtain a home computer, though other reasons are also just as
likely. Pretty much anything from a 486 and up can handle ethernet and either win98 or linux, so that would probably be the threshold between users
and internet capable users. The old machines will still be around in some form or anouther. *cough* cheap homemade routers using linux *cough*
5.)Perhaps at major universities for research, or even gov'ts for planning complex scenarios of strategic warfare, several labs for various
scientific stuidies. Everyone else ranging from n00bs to regular joe users to power users to 733Ts. not very likely if at all. Maybe in 25 years or
Quantum/chemical/optical computing seems to be a much more probable at this point in time.
6.) Steering wheels on cars haven't gone anywhere anytime soon, however like steering wheels I suspect that more features may be added. Some
projection types may exist, in addition to spill proof keyboards, character arrangement or even features like port hubs(firewire,usb1&2) are likely to
be around also. Wireless would be also quite common as well, perhaps in combination. (probably already out..)
7.)I wouldn't say colors though. This has already happened. 24-bit and 32-bit modes for example are more than just red,green, and blue triplets, an
alpha channel is included in both for transluceny purposes. I suspect that the granularity between translucency and opacity(actual colors) would
increase. Perhaps even a controllable gain/loss of gamma(brightness) for each of R, G, B, and Alpha... Perhaps even a 'table' of common colors used
for almost instant antialiasing done at the color table level perhaps.. scratch that, that's been a domain of gfx controllers anyways.. Maybe, there
will be something extra in additon to levels of Red,Green,Blue,Alpha, and Gamma...
8.)How else is one going to watch their next gen UHDTV?(Ultra-High Definition TV)? Modes that high would either be impractical for desktop mode or the
size of graphical controls would have to be increased to compensate. (think 512x512 icons, scrollbars,etc) The higher modes may also be helpful in the
antialiasing of 3d objects to a much more smoother look in regards to desktop computing. In short DirectX12 may be needed to just get your desktop
going from 2d mode at 1280x960 to full on 3d mode. 8P (Though I am sure 3d gfx buses and cards are going to give quite a large hand with this.) Word
has it that *BlackComb*, Longhorn's sucessor may be an actual 3d Desktop os..
Geez, imagine all of this with Gigabit ethernet & broadband on the cheap, ten years from now...