Cult of Mac has a write-up of a Scientific American article by the visionaries at Xerox PARC, source of basically the entire way we use computers today, about the future of computing, and how prescient PARC was for anticipating mobile computing on differing levels, from the iPhone, to the iPad, to — presumably — an iTable.
The most impressive part of this report, according to the Cult of Mac, is that the PARC people, from whom Steve Jobs took all of their computing metaphors and then cried from under his lawyers’ skirts when Microsoft did the same, wrote this report 20 years ago. It’s like when you find a science fiction novel in which the author accurately predicts something; it’s rare, and pretty fantastic:
“Ubiquitous computers will also come in different sizes, each suited to a particular task. My colleagues and I have built what we call tabs, pads and boards: inch-scale machines that approximate active Post-It notes, foot-scale ones that behave something like a sheet of paper (or a book or a magazine), and yard-scale displays that are the equivalent of a blackboard or bulletin board.”