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Right now you're using a 30-year old computing paradigm. It consists of a typewriter (and mouse) for input, a TV (and printer) for output, and a tape (or CD) for storage, all connected by wires. But a TV, tape recorder, and typewriter do not make up a computer. In Gordon Moore's famous 1965 Electronics magazine article, where he propounded what has become "Moore's Law" (chips get faster-and-faster-and-faster), there is, in fact, a drawing of a home computer. It is held by a salesman in a department store. It has no screen and no typewriter. It is, simply, a box. Acomputer is intelligence mediated by software. Its input could be a sensor, and its output an alarm, while its storage could be a database updated locally. Why do we need wires between these devices? Why not just move the data wirelessly? When all this data is connected under the Internet protocol, it's al... (more)