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VMware interview: If virtualisation continues, what will the future look like?

Arriving out of breath and sweating from the Spanish humidity, having run to get to our interview at VMworld Barcelona on time, Richard Bennett starts as he means to go on: expressively.

The Head of Advisory Services EMEA at virtualisation company VMware has plenty to say. It helps that we're discussing one of his favourite subjects, the effects of technology on society. The Yorkshireman's face lights up when I say that I'm not so interested in the present but the future. I then ask a single question and spend the rest of our allotted time frantically typing.

That question is: “Assuming virtualisation continues to underpin the technology that affects our lives, how do you think that will transform society over, say, a 10-year period?”

What follows here is, as succinctly as possible, his response. For clarity I've rearranged and paraphrased in places. Any errors are therefore mine rather than Bennett’s.

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Alex Cruickshank has been writing about technology and business since 1994. He has lived in various far-flung places around the world and is now based in Berlin.  

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