Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Convergence

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Convergence

Article excerpt

What is happening to technology these days (Spring, 2014)? "Convergence" is the common answer.

The clearest example of convergence is the cell phone (or should I say "Smart Phone") in your pocket. You can make and receive phone calls. And much more. It can take pictures. It can surf the Web. It can get your e-mails and send e-mails. It can tell you where you are. It can help you find a nearby Thai restaurant.

Basically, technology is converging because every device is being produced to function with a digital number system--the 1 's and O's of computer calculations. This means everything will hook up to some computer or other. And if it doesn't now, the next generation of the device will.

But convergence is a large metaphor, with room for many components. Its spacious caverns encompass not only digital devices but also the companies that make those devices. Companies are converging, into a few huge companies--Google, Apple, Cisco, Amazon. Jobs are converging--you now need to be able to function in many slots of the converging machinery. And customers are converging into networks of phone users, television users, and computer participants.

It is always tricky reading the future, but the convergence metaphor seems to lay out a fairly clear path. …

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