Intel is openly stating that they’re moving away from PCs and slashing jobs in their PC-related business.
Starting around 2005 I began to tell people “the PC as we know it is starting to disappear.” It was beginning to be visible around then, although I said then it was only the beginning the result was inevitable. The move toward laptops, then handhelds, then other non-PC devices and cloud computing, was already visible and the change was obviously exponential. I suspect by 2020 it will be obvious to everybody that PCs are going to be what they were back in the 1980s: a tool for specialists like scientists and engineers, and a tool and toy for hobbyists.
I myself don’t know what I’d do without a PC. I’ve been working with them since I was a kid. As a person with disabilities I always found them a tool of personal freedom and liberation. And I guess I’ll probably always have one, if I’m allowed to. It’s that last bit that worries me.
The move toward closed hardware and centralized, cloud computing and storage means we are heading back toward centralized control of computing. And my biggest worry is the loss to individual and family freedom this way.