The Race Is On To Simplify

Pulling the unwired masses into the Information Age means gadgets must be as easy to use as the telephone

The great information-appliance race is on. The goal: to create electronic gadgets that are as simple as the TV but can instantly make the connection to the digital world. At giant corporations and in garages around the globe, the brightest minds in software, hardware, industrial design, linguistics, and cognitive science are working on devices that will make it possible to move vast amounts of information and make it all as easy as punching a button on a microwave or pulling a credit card from your wallet. Armies of engineers are busy developing radically new products--from wristwatch data phones to slimmed-down personal computers for cruising the Internet.

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