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Personal Computers Are Becoming Obsolete, Says IBM Designer [Headlines]

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Just like the typewriter, vinyl records and rotary dial telephones phased out as new technology emerged, IBM designer Dr. Mark Dean says the personal computer will be joining them soon.

Caroline Ku
  • 15 august 2011

The days of the personal computer are numbered, a leading IBM designer has claimed. Dr Mark Dean, who worked on the original IBM PC, the 5150, wrote in a blog post commemorating its 30th anniversary, that “they’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs”.

Dr Dean argued that PCs had created the environment for a new generation of devices, ranging across different form factors and uses.

This led, he claimed, to an environment in which technology allowed new ideas to flourish, without individual items being a barrier to creativity. Matt Warman/The Telegraph.

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