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All optical networks, microphotonics

When new optical switching products are introduced that do not require the converting of optical signals to electronic signals, an all optical network will be developed, which will immediately increase the bandwith available to the most advanced applications on the Internet.

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  1. What are the five most important technologies for future growth in the global electronics market?

Future growth will be in the areas of e-Business, M-Commerce, and pervasive or ubiquitous computing.

Bluetooth Wireless Technology

Using RF for communication is not a new idea. But Bluetooth has taken an old technology and developed new applications. Any Bluetooth enabled device will be able to join a local network wirelessly, and on the fly. You can walk into a room with your Bluetooth enabled Palm device, and instantly connect to a Bluetooth enabled printer.

Sun Microsystems JINI Connection Technology

A software technology, based on the JAVA programming language, that will enable any electronic device to join and be used by any other member or device of a network. This could include home appliances, healthcare monitoring devices, or even a light switch.

Intelligent Agents

One fascinating emerging technology is Intelligent Agents. Bots and Agents have been called the first indigenous species of cyberspace. They have been part of the Web technologies since the very beginning. The recent progress of intelligent agent technology is the result of a number of independent developments and advances in the related disciplines of distributed computing, object-oriented systems, software engineering, and artificial intelligence.

Nick R. Jennings, a professor at the Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, has written one of the best definitions of what intelligent agents are. He says, “Agents are problem solving systems capable of independent, autonomous action in some environment. Agents must typically take action in the face of partial information and uncertainty both about the environment and about the results that their actions might have. When faced with these difficulties, an agent needs to be able to decide whether its tasks are still appropriate, whether the chosen means of realizing them is likely to succeed, or whether a new course of action should be undertaken instead. In many contexts, agents need to interact with one another to complete or enhance their problem solving. These interactions can take many forms, ranging from simple communication to obtain or share information, through to more elaborate interactions such as cooperation, coordination, and negotiation to achieve individual and collective goals.”

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