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Ubiquitous computing is not a specific technology, but a scenario in which computers become more numerous and fade into the background, providing information to human users and embedding intelligence and computing capabilities in seemingly everyday objects.

The term was first coined by Mark Weiser who championed the concept at Xerox PARC. It has since been extended, with terms such as pervasive and invisible computing to describe the incorporation of information technology into many devices and applications.

Source Publication:
OECD, 2002, OECD Information Technology Outlook, OECD, Paris, p. 222.

Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics

Created on Friday, August 29, 2003