Once again, the terminal will just provide an interface to everything. Specialised equipment for audio will become a dumb recording instrument, and data will stream (via the xterm & ISP) to the program running on the cloud server, which stores it.
Home video's may be the exception, due to the huge size, but even then, if they aren't pack rats, the end user will pull the video off a camcorder, process it & write it to disc, or optical cube, or SD card, or whatever portable storage we have in 20 years. They might even resort to burning the physical media via an online writable media service, and have the resultant product mailed to them.
I'm pretty sure I covered it here:
I left it open for everyone else to consider how far they'd go if they had ALL of your resumes, medical info, personal letters, tax return submissions, financial reports/status's .....
I agree, and so do the vested interests - can you say "pure profit"? It's easy money for any IT company, especially as the server farm will likely be in a third world country, with just a forward facing management office in the first world. They will subsidise the cloud to spur adoption ... once it's out there, and the majority of the population uses it, the per-unit cost of manufacturing standalone hardware will rise exponentially, and the expense of having a standalone machine, for an end user, will push them towards the cloud unless they have a tax deductible reason to continue using standlone hardware/software.
What odds are you offering ... 2030:1 against?
Because that's what "The Cloud" is ..... A giant server farm with cpu/ram/storage resources shared between hundreds/thousand/millions/billions or users.
I suspect you've noticed the move towards web enabled TV's, web enabled fridges, web enabled .. watches ... all low power, low processing capable devices. The answer is ... the average consumer will not process HD/HQ video streams - devices will spit out a heavily compressed HD/HQ video stream, and upload it to the server farm. All processing will be done by the server farm. It's a matter of getting your data TO the server farm which is the current problem, othersise "The Cloud" would likely have been implemented a long time ago.
As far as consuming HD/HQ content streams, the video stream will be rendered by the server farm, and sent to your xterm with a basic framebuffer, which then displays it
I'm not entirely sure whether you mean energywise, or processing wise?
At any rate, engineers are already working on the IEEE 802.15.6 standard "wireless body area networks" intended for low speed medical communications. How long before this is adapted for your hands to be talking to your eyes, ears & throat and then onto the rest of the world? I don't think your hands need a particularly powerful processor for anything ... nor your ears .. throat .... eventually humans will become a giant processor ... much like the PS3 "Cell" processor ... lots of tiny processor only good for one thing, but the entire set gets you kickass PC.
The AUSSIEBORG will rise again!
I'm sure you meant it at the time, but I'm sure you realised that was an empty threat as you were hitting the "post" button.
Faster broadband + Faster Wifi? The Oz government is, controversially, rolling out a huge fibre optic network capable of 100Mb, and likely 1000Gb/s by the time they actually roll it out in the next 10 years. We've only scratched the surface of the speed capabilities of light, and optical fibre is at 10Gb/s now. The rest of the world will be following suit, no doubt - if Australia can do it, any country can. South Korea is already in high bandwidth heaven, and much of Japan also.