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Re-inventing the Computer

Professor David May ( University of Bristol )

Driven by rapid advances in computing and communications technology, the general purpose computer is being re-invented. The emerging computer architectures are optimised for media processing: the capture, processing, generation and communication of images and sound. Their corresponding software environments aim to provide efficient communication, interaction and software mobility.

In this lecture, I will look at the problems of developing effective architectures for media computing and the challenges facing the designers of integrated media computing systems. I will also speculate about the evolution of computing over the next few years.



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