Straight from ReadWriteWeb, Is the Relational Database Doomed? Found via Mr. Eddie Awad.
Mr. M I'm sure would say that it is. Find our conversations here and here.
I don't know what the future may be. I do know that there are many people who don't understand, truly understand, how to use a database. My experience so far has been that those who don't understand far outnumber those who do.
Mr. M didn't care, didn't want to know what the underlying technology was. He just wanted a set() and get() method. I can't blame him really either. I wish I had been able to work with him more closely on an application to prove to him what it could do, but alas it was never to be.
I can also argue until I'm blue in the face (and I do) that it could be done far easier and more efficient in Oracle 99% of the time.
In the article above I did laugh a little bit at the Key/Value concept, reminds me of some articles I've read on AskTom and most recently his post here on the 4 table design.
Anyway, it's an interest read. I wonder if it will ever come true?