Regretfully, because I was not formally trained as a computer scientist, I don’t have the necessary knowledge to judge whether or not the analysis of hardware architecture, garbage collection, or even interrupter development trends, are genuine or not. Nor I will try to be an web fanboy to pin the arthur as an Apple fanboy to repudiate what he just wrote. The question I would like to bring up is: Supposedly all of the analysis (and the conclusion) are true, what would the future holds for the Open Web, in post-PC world?
So, maybe 10 years from now, website, or web apps would do this: Probe the CPU architecture of your hardware, drop the corresponding optimized asm.js or NaCl bytecode to your device, and render the entire screen with WebGL. There might even be Flash-like authoring tool for that, or even WebHAL — a library to abstract CPU/GPU differences. Think about what the Open Web gain or loose at that future.
– … Can’t remember its name. Today it’s mostly used just as a target language for compilers, but back in [the professor]‘s days people actually used to write in it directly!
Perhaps, just like Lisp at the time, a dynamic-typing language is still too advanced for hardware circa 2013.