Millennium 2000: A Look at Some Gadgets That Could Greatly Affect Our LivesAired January 3, 2000 - 6:27 p.m. ET
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WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Keeping up with all of the changes in technology can be difficult. It seems there's always something faster, smaller and better on the market.
JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: CNN's Allison Tom takes a look at some of the devices that are coming our way and how they could affect all of our lives.
ALLISON TOM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A new wave of technology gadgets could change the way consumers communicate and get information. One place it has already taken hold is in Finland, where almost two-thirds of the population uses mobile phones, and many of them tap into the Internet using wireless services.
KEVIN HAUSE, INTERNATIONAL DATA CORPORATION: We're going to see a variety of these other non-PC devices start to penetrate the home in far greater numbers than PCs.
TOM: By 2002, analysts predict, many of these non-PC devices will be more commonly used than desktop PCs. they will be less costly and offer quick and easy access to the Web.
a system called Wireless Application Protocol -- also known as WAP -- makes it all possible. For instance, it'll send you the text and graphics on a Web page so that you can read it on your cell phone. And eventually, the technology could create an innovative way for people to think and work outside of the box.
STEVEN LUHAR, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY: In the future, computers will simply be everywhere. You won't think of a computer as a box on your desk, but they'll be built into all sorts of things.
TOM: Things like your car or your home. These intelligent devices will talk to each other with complete mobility. But a global standard is needed to make this happen. One of the largest technology companies is developing just that.
PETER HORTENSIUS, IBM: What we'll be seeing very shortly is that these different computers inside our stoves, refrigerators, automobiles, everything, will start to be able to communicate with each other.
TOM: In theory, different devices will work together seamlessly, making computers practically invisible.
JOHN GAGE, SUN MICROSYSTEMS: Everything in technology changes rapidly. As things become smaller and cheaper, they become ubiquitous. That's what is happening with computers today.
And in the not-too-distant future, computers may become a lot like electric motors and appliances like these, which were once big and noisy.
(voice-over): But many say, despite these new technologies, the future of the personal computer is still bright. Just as television did not completely replace radio, new technologies are not likely to fully replace PCs, even as more cutting-edge types of computers integrate into almost every aspect of our lives.
Allison Tom, CNN, Atlanta.
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