May 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM
One of the big societal and technological trends we are experiencing today is the shift to an environment where applications are everywhere. In the early going, we can be excused for thinking that the pervasiveness of software applications is reflected in mobile devices. After all, most of us now carry an application-enabled device, and see it as the nexus of mobile application development.
And we’re right, insofar as mobile platforms from iOS, to Android, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry, are the sandboxes where the world’s most talented developers are strutting their stuff. Some of these apps are truly disruptive, and are changing the way we live. But where we are headed is an application environment that is far richer than having a bunch of apps on your smartphone – or even the cloud. In the future, every object will have the potential to have an application imbedded in it. As a result, the world will be a whole lot smarter.