The Appliancification of Computing

NetBSD on a toaster

There’s a movement underway to transform the way we interact with personal computers. As computers become more automated and more intelligent, consumers are losing access to the software that makes them tick. The emphasis is moving away from computers as a platform and closer to computers as an appliance. What does this mean for end-users, and what does it mean for the future of our digitally dependent society?

(Featured image courtesy of NetBSD and Jeff Rizzo)

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Learning to Love (But Not Obsess Over) Technology

Change can be a scary thing. Over the the past century alone our world has been shaped by countless changes: we’ve experienced two global wars, discovered new realms of practical and theoretical science, and watched in real-time as human beings left footprints on the surface of the moon. The Industrial Revolution catapulted us towards technological singularity: today it’s difficult to imagine a world without credit cards or pocket computers. Considering how long it took us to reach this point as a species, one begins to wonder: what kind of effect is this rapid change having on our relatively primitive brains? Is technology moving too quickly for the human mind to keep up? And perhaps more importantly, will we reach a point where technology will no longer adapt to our behaviors but force us to adapt to its behaviors?

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