Hello,

We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.

To continue reading this article, please exit incognito mode or log in.

Not a subscriber? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.

Intelligent Machines

The Web Is the Computer

  • June 21, 2011

Built around Chrome OS, Google’s cloud-based operating system, this laptop (and a similar one made by Samsung) has been stripped down to little more than what’s required to run applications through a browser. There’s no hard disk, for example (although a small amount of solid-state storage is available). In return, users should be able to start surfing the Web over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection within eight seconds of powering on, and the battery should last eight hours.

Product: Acer Chromebook
Cost: $350
Availability: Now
Source: www.google.com/chromebook
Companies: Google, Acer, and Samsung

More from Intelligent Machines

Artificial intelligence and robots are transforming how we work and live.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Print + All Access Digital.
  • Print + All Access Digital {! insider.prices.print_digital !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    The best of MIT Technology Review in print and online, plus unlimited access to our online archive, an ad-free web experience, discounts to MIT Technology Review events, and The Download delivered to your email in-box each weekday.

    See details+

    12-month subscription

    Unlimited access to all our daily online news and feature stories

    6 bi-monthly issues of print + digital magazine

    10% discount to MIT Technology Review events

    Access to entire PDF magazine archive dating back to 1899

    Ad-free website experience

    The Download: newsletter delivered daily

/3
You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. This is your last free article this month. for unlimited online access. You've read all your free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for more, or for unlimited online access. for two more free articles, or for unlimited online access.