10 Most Disruptive Technologies - #8
8. Context-Aware Computing
Tired of having to log profile information for every Web service? So is everyone else, and this is one of the key thrusts behind the data portability movement. In the next few years, new context-aware services will take root to make the entry into new computing services more seamless. A couple of existing examples: Facebook offers "what you're doing now" functionality to facilitate info-sharing, while Yahoo's Fire Eagle lets users share their location with applications and services.
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