Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Technology that disappears

Ubiquitous computing is a concept coined by former XEROX Parc chief technologist Mark Weiser which states that software engineering and computer science is made appear anytime and everywhere. In Bryan Gardiner’s article, he talks about JetBlue and how they use biometric boarding as opposed to a paper ticket or an e-ticket on your smart phone that allows. This boarding would allow the passengers to walk up to a gate, let a camera scan their face, and then proceed to the flight if the camera finds a match for their face.

This probably wasn’t Mark’s idea when he first thought of ubiquitous computing but that along with voice assistants and “smart” products in homes are early examples of ubiquitous computing. The advances of these “hands-off technologies” won’t make other technologies that require physical inputs such as keyboard and smartphones obsolete but we are now in the early days where technology is starting to “disappear” or weave into our daily lives to the point where we won’t even realize it.


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