The computer for the 21st Century

  title={The computer for the 21st Century},
  author={Mark D. Weiser},
  journal={IEEE Pervasive Computing},
  • M. Weiser
  • Published 1 September 1991
  • Art
  • IEEE Pervasive Computing
[This article is unavailable due to copyright restrictions.] Specialized elements of hardware and software, connected by wires, radio waves and infrared, will soon be so ubiquitous that no-one will notice their presence. 
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  • Computer Science
    1998 IEEE International Performance, Computing and Communications Conference. Proceedings (Cat. No.98CH36191)
  • 1998
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