The big question in technology circles has been "is the desktop dead?", and in sense it surely is. The transition will take some time but it hasn't simply just been replaced by the tablet or the phone, it has been replaced by a completely new era in small, energy efficient and powerful hardware. It has reinvigorated device innovation and made it affordable for the casual hobbiest. Occupy Wall Street's 'Occucopter' is a great example of the innovation which can be applied by pretty well anyone now at a fraction of the cost of traditional innovation.
Therefore to me it is not a question of "is the desktop dead?" but rather "when will we start seeing ARM desktops?". Although "desktop" probably won't be fitting as I anticipate modular devices such as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. I also anticipate that sooner or later you will see clustered devices. Imagine the phone you have now, but with an additional docking station which has it's own processor setup: plug in your phone and quadrouple the power or expand the display. These are the sorts of devices I anticipate are coming down the tubes.
We're well into a new era of technological innovation, and as a result our technology level has become a whole lot more "futuristic". Some notable inventions I've seen lately:
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Richard Fantin is a self-taught software developer who has mostly throughout his career focused on financial applications and high frequency trading. He currently works for eQube gaming systems.
Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.