Roger Kay of Forbes recently opined that the world is becoming more and more user-centric. He explains, “User-centric computing is a theme we can expect to hear articulated in many ways next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The simple view of the shift from device-centric to user-centric computing goes like this: when all we had was one device — a PC, first to do our work and later to connect to the Internet — we adapted to the device.  We learned how to wrestle it into more or less obeying our will.  We became skilled at the arcane keystrokes of DOS commands and Lotus 1-2-3 in order to do productive work.  We went to the machine.”

He goes on, “Now, the machine is starting to come to us.  As soon as you have more than one device in your life, they must necessarily point to you.  Cloud services increasingly coordinate devices for us so that our ‘state’ — the exact condition of all our stuff at any one moment — migrates seamlessly from one device to another other. A good example would be reading an eBook.  If you stop reading on a certain page on your laptop, you should be able to open your eReader and be on the same page.  Ditto for your phone.  This idea that ‘state’ follows you around puts you at the center of your own universe.  The devices are all around you.”

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