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The Future: Plug and Pray?
April-June 1998 (vol. 15 no. 2)
pp. 8-13

The relationship between man and electronic machine has changed significantly over the past 20 years. Gone, for example, are the days when computers, fax machines, mobile phones, and other electronic devices merely enhanced working lives. Today, our jobs are dependent on them - when they stop work, so do we.

Looking forward into the next millennium, it is clear our dependence on electronics will grow. At work, we will be dependent on computer-based libraries and services distributed around the world. At home, we will expect to use computer networks as routinely and reliably as the TV and the telephone, for activities spanning shopping, education, and entertainment. And, like our cars today, efficient operation of our future homes may well depend on an array of networked electronic systems that adjust for changes in the weather and our living patterns.

So, how will this increasing dependence on electronic systems impact the way we design and test such products?

Based on a keynote at the 1997 International Test Conference, this article will look at some ways that society's relationship with, and expectations of, electronics might change, consider how test engineers might respond, and pose some challenges for the test engineering community in the next 20 years.

Citation:
Colin Maunder, "The Future: Plug and Pray?," IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 8-13, April-June 1998, doi:10.1109/54.679203
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