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Radical Simplicity: Transforming Computers Into Me-Centric Appliances
By Dr.  Frederick  Hayes-Roth, Daniel  Amor
Publisher : Prentice Hall PTR
Pub Date : February 25, 2003
ISBN : 0-13-100291-0
Pages : 368

Imagine computers you can delegate to... computers that tell you things you want to know about ... adapt to your needs and preferences without being told ... work together on your behalf ... and respond to your voice, language, and gestures. It's all coming, sooner than you think -- and when it does, today's computers will be recognized as the dinosaurs they are.

Radical Simplicity previews the "Me-Centric" computing revolution, in which the vast power of computers, communications, and software finally comes together to do your bidding-seamlessly, easily, and naturally. This "plain English" guide covers both the technology and its implications-and shows how you can prepare, starting today.

  • How tomorrow's personalized intelligent appliances will extend your power, save you time, improve your productivity-and make life more fun

  • From agents to Web services: emerging technologies that are making Me-Centric computing real

  • New business opportunities in virtually every key industry-with realistic business cases

  • The coming revolution in end- user expectations-and how IT must respond

  • Rearchitecting products and services around users, not infrastructure

Whether you're an executive or an IT professional, Radical Simplicity will help you take the lead in a new technology revolution that will dwarf everything that's come before it.

  Table of Contents
Radical Simplicity: Transforming Computers Into Me-Centric Appliances
By Dr.  Frederick  Hayes-Roth, Daniel  Amor
Publisher : Prentice Hall PTR
Pub Date : February 25, 2003
ISBN : 0-13-100291-0
Pages : 368
      Hewlett-Packard Press Strategic Books
      Foreword By Ian Browde
      Foreword By Dex Smith
        Disruptive New Technology
        The Fourth Wave
        Moving On to a New IT-Supported Society
        Who Should Read This Book
        How This Book Is Organized
      Part I:   Introduction
        Chapter 1.   From The Backroom To Everyday Life
        Section 1.1.   A Day in Your Life (ca. 2010)
        Section 1.2.   History of Computing
        Section 1.3.   Trends in Computing
        Section 1.4.   Conclusion
        Chapter 2.   Contrasting the Present and the Future
        Section 2.1.   Mobile Sales Force
        Section 2.2.   Real Estate Agent
        Section 2.3.   Family Life
        Section 2.4.   Work-Life Balance
        Section 2.5.   Construction Site
        Section 2.6.   Holiday Break-In
        Section 2.7.   Extended Manufacturing
        Section 2.8.   Fleet Management
        Section 2.9.   Conclusion
      Part II:   Design Elements for Radical Simplicity
        Chapter 3.   Human-Computer Interaction
        Section 3.1.   Introduction
        Section 3.2.   Intelligent Input Interfaces
        Section 3.3.   Intelligent Output Interfaces
        Section 3.4.   Context Awareness
        Section 3.5.   Conclusion
        Chapter 4.   Designing to Make You Smile
        Section 4.1.   Introduction
        Section 4.2.   Systems Development Methods
        Section 4.3.   Psychological Design Aspects
        Section 4.4.   The Interface Is the Application
        Section 4.5.   Globalization
        Section 4.6.   Conclusion
      Part III:   Principal Technological Components
        Chapter 5.   Me-Centric Architectures
        Section 5.1.   Introduction
        Section 5.2.   Overview of Architecture-Driven Approach
        Section 5.3.   Key Ideas
        Section 5.4.   Conclusion
        Chapter 6.   Web Services
        Section 6.1.   Introduction
        Section 6.2.   Web Services Networks
        Section 6.3.   Extensible Markup Language
        Section 6.4.   Web Services Technologies
        Section 6.5.   Solution Stack
        Section 6.6.   Examples
        Section 6.7.   Conclusion
        Chapter 7.   Agents: Igniting Machine-To-Machine Work
        Section 7.1.   Software Agents
        Section 7.2.   Mobile Agents
        Section 7.3.   Challenges with Agents
        Section 7.4.   Automated Web Services
        Section 7.5.   Examples
        Section 7.6.   Conclusion
      Part IV:   New Business Opportunities
        Chapter 8.   Intelligent Appliances
        Section 8.1.   Introduction
        Section 8.2.   Infrastructure Needs Me
        Section 8.3.   Appliance Design
        Section 8.4.   Examples
        Section 8.5.   Conclusion
        Chapter 9.   Reshaping Everyday Life
        Section 9.1.   The Multifaceted Me
        Section 9.2.   Revisiting Computing and IT
        Section 9.3.   Conclusion
      Part V:   Appendix
        Appendix A.   Glossary
        Appendix B.   ME-Centric Web Sites
        Smart Agents
        Smart Infrastructure
        Smart Appliances
        Ubiquitous Computing