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Future Technology?

By cfitzarl
Jan 6, 2007
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  1. We are in an age that I still classify as the industrial revolution, and the computer industry is no exception. With all of the current technology today, and amazing visuals and speed, what are computers and games going to be like in five years? It makes me think...
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    You never know, I just don't want to know the price of the cell processor :haha: !
     
  4. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    Holographic storage.
     
  5. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    computers will continue to get smaller and cheaper. they are constantly evolving, a path already traversed by the car.
     
  6. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    Wow :D ! 32 Cores? Is there even a need for that?
     
  8. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 302

    What about this whole 80 core Teraflop computing processor?

    Does anyone remember the first time they got a HD the held a whole gigabyte? I thought that it would be impossible to ever fill my 3 gig HD in my brand new 250mhz Powerbook.

    Guess what. I was wrong :haha:
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    In 5 years? Not much is going to be different than it is now. We'll still be using Vista (I know its not looking that likely now, but everyone said they didn't need XP). Processor speeds will likely be a lot faster, but hard drives are still going to be slow.

    Hopefully they will start making awesome video cards that don't consume awesome amounts of power.
     
  10. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Strange things can happen, you never know, we may even end up with an operating system that won't bsod all the time!! Lol

    (but I very much doubt it)
     
  11. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    It already exists.
     
  12. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Ok, i will reword it, a microsoft operating system that won't bsod all the time!!
     
  13. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    In five years, we will be getting closer to the end of VISTA and on to something better that is not Windows. Microsoft says there will no more Windows.
    Hard drives will be astonishingly faster and larger, based on all new technology.
    Budget computers that can do world processing and email will be the norm.
    eMail and internet will be where the big differences are.
    But we will be more able to see the end of energy as we know it... only another 20 years away. power cost will be high and getting higher.
    As Einstein said, Prepare for the future, because it is coming.
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    What I meant by hard drives being slow is they will still be the limiting factor in how fast your PC feels. Its been that way for a while now, would be nice if they would run at speeds we saw RAM at 5 years ago.

    Budget computers doing world processing? not sure what you mean by that unless you just meant word processing. In that case they already exist, and have existed for quite some time. A Pentium II machine running 9x or a light linux will do word processing and email just fine. I remember when I was in elementary school we had a word processor and printer for a Commodore 64, just didn't have email.

    How is e-mail going to be much better? It doesn't need to be, simplicity is what makes it so widely used. If you want to improve email and internet I think the best thing would be for ISPs to offer faster upload speeds. Having download speeds be 4x or more faster than you can upload is really crippling the internet's future.
     
  15. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Oh, I forgot: The enemy of "good" is better. Probably the easiest prediction is that a number of people will still be sitting around using an 10 GB 1 GHz computer and Word Perfect 8.
    Most corporations with rooms full of secretarial type staff would not agree with you on word processing as it ties into the digital stream... The need for information, search access, and so on will be so much greater... just to meet current demands. Instant translations will be necessary to handle the huge growth in Hispanic and Asian languages that is obvious from any quick look at population growth. If you think word processing is good enough, you have not visited a big office lately. It may be good enough for the individual, but not for industry.
    I just acquired my first 700 GB hard drive... The standard can easily be 500 GB in five years. and the new HDD technolgy will be so advanced they won't call the new ones hard drives by then... with the high digital memory interfaces... 1000 GB running at 10,000 rpm or higher with incredibly high transfer rates are already everywhere in the test rooms, seeking only greater reliability and less heat... which I am certain they will have perfected so that access in five years will make current standards into a joke.
    Higher speed memory is only now limited by the manufacturing equipment... which will be perfected before this year is out.
    The new internet backbone is available and in use. Faster, more secure. We just need to get beyond the corporate infighting and the government's plan to stifle progress.
    Go back to any computer magazine of five years ago... see how many name brand computers were still selling 4200 rpm drives of 15 Gb or less... and see how slow and small the memory was.
    Anybody who says what we have now is good enough, hasn't looked at the international need to sell more stuff. Selling and profits control technology growth, not an attitude that what we have now is good enough.
    I still love Word Perfect 4.1... but try to link it to anything else.
     
  16. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I think that hard drives will be replaced by flash drives. They're a lot better. But maybe that won't happen in 5 years....

    Also, like SNGX1275 said, I'd love to see a 8800GTX consuming under 30-60W of power under heavy load.

    Make again 350W PSU's more than enough :)
     
  17. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    The thing I would like to see in the future is PC World hiring staff that actually know something about pc's!!(like that's ever gonna happen)

    It would be nice to be able to ask the question "What bios does this pc have on it?" without getting the stupid answer of "duh, er, um, er, the latest one!"
     
  18. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    agreed. i really like the concept of a hard drive with no moving parts.

    already we can see that graphics cards have gotten way more expensive than most processors, draw more power, and produce the most heat. your typical modern graphics card has its own processor, cooling and memory subsystem. i believe that more subsystems will be added over time, until a graphics card will no longer simply be a single add-in card. they will be called graphics systems or something like that and be at least as complex as the main computer itself.
     
  19. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Has anyone seen the projector keyboard thingy? Or am I just behind on the technology? This "projector" show the keyboard on a flat surface. Seen it the other day on TV.
     
  20. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Yeah, maybe those subsystems will include a physics processor. We are already seeing chipsets with support for three PCI-E X16 slots... Also, ATI wants to include a third GPU to process physics.

    If they continue like that, we'll need 2kW PSU's...
     
  21. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    They're going to come out with PCI-Express 2.0, which is twice the bandwidth of the X16 slot ( :confused: ?). I just wonder when it's coming out. The X16 cards will be backwards compatible too :unch: !
     
  22. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    According to an article on the holiday issue of Maximum PC, the next-gen PCI-Express 2.0 doubles the speed from 2.5GHz per wire to 5GHz per wire.

    Backwards compatible = If you plug in a first-generation device into a second-generation motherboard the board will automatically shift down in speed.

    PCI-E 2.0 should look identical to current hardware too.
     
  23. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    PCI-E bandwidth is getting ahead of the CPU socket itself
     
  24. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 302

    That is kind of crazy now that I think about it. The specs for the AM2 HT bus are 10 GB/s, so how about a CPU using PCIe? (Yes, yes, I know there's some good reason that it would be stupid, no need to tell me)

    200th post, yay
     

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