The 1970s was the start of the PC era. The 1980s saw the local networking era. The 1990s saw the rise of the Internet. The 2000s was the decade of mobility. This decade has been that of the cloud.
The 2020s will be the era of systems.
We have been talking around this for years. We talk about the Internet of Things. We talk about artificial intelligence, adding it to the cloud to create FOG computing. We talk about blockchain.
We talk about these technologies as silos, but that’s not the way technology works. As I have been writing since publishing Moore’s Lore in 2001, the exponential improvements driven by chips go into many directions. They pile atop one another, they reinforce one another like electric waves.
PCs combined chips with a user interface. Local Area Networks combined PCs with techniques derived from telephony. The Internet takes these LAN techniques global. Mobility again combined chips with new user interfaces, eliminating peripherals. The cloud era is built on open source software, standardized chips, and the same networking used in the Internet.