CRYSTAL BALL GAZERS at chipmaker Intel believe that the next decade will see the end of mobile machines like tablet computers, netbooks and laptops, and a world where people use indescribable smart computers.
Intel made the claims, which also included a prediction of the general population adopting new and more interesting devices, during a keynote address to the Semicon West conference in San Francisco.
"Tablets are disappearing", said Rama Skukla, VP of Chipzilla's architecture group, before adding that the machines that will replace them "could not be described".
"The lines between a netbook, laptop and tablet are disappearing faster than designers today realise," he added. "It's going to be very difficult to see where one device goes and the next one takes off."
V3.co.uk was at Semicon, and although Skukla struggled to explain what he thought was going to happen, our sister web site's hacks there have made some sense of his claims. µ
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Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home