This afterword is a general summary and explores some potential technological trends.
On the political front, the Internet could nurture an electronic democracy while providing access to vast information resources. Optical media will serve as information and electronic publishing sources in their own right.
PC developments will blossom, and new systems may sport GUIs and other interfaces that will make the human–computer link even more transparent. Speech recognition and wireless systems may also play prominent roles in this field, and when appropriate, could even be extended to everyday appliances.1
The convergence between technologies will continue, and the resulting synergy will be fertile ground for new products and applications. ...