An alternate future where boot-to-BASIC microcomputers---and in particular, the BBC Micro---drove nearly all the consumer technology development through the '90s and early '00s. By today, instead of getting your phone's attention with "Hey Siri," you'd summon your pocket computer's voice assistant with "OK Micro,"
@vy Though at least the development lineage persists, from Acorn's earlier days, through the BBC Micro's successor, and ultimately, in the processor architecture developed by the very same people, especially Sophie Wilson.
@porsupah Oh, I didn't know that Acorn was connected to that! Super cool!
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@vy Yep! They realised the BBC Micro couldn't hold its own against the Amiga and the like, and came up with the Archimedes, powered by their own chipset, the Acorn RISC Machine - better known as ARM. (They weren't taken by Intel or Motorola's offerings. The original set, composed of the IOC, MEMC, VIDC, and CPU, drew about 250mW total at 8MHz, and happily ran rings around said CISC offerings running at 33MHz)
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