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This is a cool video (hat tip: Brady Forrest) which shows that Microsoft has been doing some imagining the future.

I’m reminded of the cartoon of two mathematicians at a board looking at a long equation in the middle of which the words

and then magic happens


The magic in this case is the absence of anyone getting upset that their battery just died.

Perhaps by the time all this comes to pass devices will recharge themselves wirelessly and entirely automatically? It’s not completely out of the question. And Intel is certainly pulling the stops out on power efficiency; the i7 mobile processor just launched and the roadmap to 15nm chips has been laid out, with extreme ultra-violet lithography keeping Moore’s Law in business for a bit longer.

I am, in any case, impatient for the digital magazine with a touch screen.I am tired of looking at LCD screens on stands!

Gizmodo gave a supposed sneak preview the other day of a Microsoft device that looked interesting; surely we won’t have to wait too long for new screens to become news screens.

Supposedly only 3 percent of newspaper consumption happens online, or at least that was so last April. That’s about when I started reading the NYT on my iPhone more often than I read it on the web. I never read it on paper.

In his recent talk on newspapers Clay Shirky advocated against Rupert Murdoch’s declared paywall strategy because such things block the spreading of useful and important information. Inevitably, of course, the question arises of who is to pay for such information and how it’s to be shared.The BBC is strangely overlooked in these discussions, despite its controversially having ventured into publishing by buying Lonely Planet.

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