The future of geoscience computing will depend on four critical areas: communications, computer hardware, graphics visualization hardware and software, and geoscience software development and utilization. The first two, and perhaps three, of these areas depend on technology developments outside the geosciences. And these areas are expanding with increasing speed. In fact, it is not hard to imagine a computing environment in the near future in which communications distance has shrunk to zero and computing resources have grown to infinity. Obviously, this is an exaggeration, because no matter how advanced our technology gets, there will always be users who want more...

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