The Third Era is where the computers and devises discover themselves. Billions of interconnected devises seamlessly and discretely sharing information and communicating between themselves will created an environment that will be unmanageable by human intervention. This eco-system will have to be configured and managed by the machines themselves. The scale and complexity of this task will require self-organizing systems. Architectures that are guided in design by the systems themselves will need new and novel methods of obtaining the objective. Credit here for this blog must be given to Intel CEO in a recent speech...the ideas of the third era is hers not mine. All credit where it is due.