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PC pioneer calls computers "dead"

COMMENTS: Mark Dean

ONE OF the world's most significant personal computer [PC] pioneers, Doctor Mark Dean, has declared they are at risk of becoming extinct as technology moves on.

According to the Daily Mail on the 30th anniversary of the first IBM PC, Dr Dean, who was one of the 12 original designers of the PC, debated that the new Tablet form of computers such as Apple Mac's iPad may replace the machines in the future.

The African-American 54-year-old owns a third of the patents of the IBM 5150 computer that was unveiled at the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom in New York in August 12, 1981 - one of the first personal computers ever made.

In a blog, Dr Dean, reportedly wrote on A smarter Planet: "While PCs will continue to be much-used devices. They’re no longer at the leading edge of computing. They're going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs. I, personally, have moved beyond the PC. My primary computer now is a tablet."

He continued: "PCs are being replaced at the centre [sic] of computing not by another type of device - though there’s plenty of excitement about smart phones and tablets - but by new ideas about the role that computing can play in progress."

It has also been reported that in 2005 IBM sold off their PC technology in 2005 to Lenovo.

Despite his controversial views the IBM chief technical engineer still feels "proud" for his role in the world renowned invention, and claims he did not feel he would out live his design.

He wrote: "I’m proud that I was one of a dozen IBM engineers who designed the first machine and was fortunate to have lead subsequent IBM's PC designs through the 1980s."

He continued: "While many in the tech industry questioned IBM's decision to exit the business at the time, it’s now clear that our company was in the vanguard of the post-PC era."

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