Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mind Control Technology

Well it looks like I have my answer. According to IBM, mind control technology is the next big thing. Usable mind control technology may allow us to place a phone call or turn on the lights within 5 years. If this is accurate, this truly is a massive paradigm shift with how we interact with technology and the world in general.

By 2017, like all technology, the EPOC or other similar technologies will probably get smaller. So I can imagine it will have completely dry sensors, and I'd be wearing it all the time, perhaps embedded into a baseball cap, and with a finer range of thought patterns detected and connected directly to my mobile phone - allowing me to interact with the world just by thinking particular thoughts. In doing this I could wonder what the traffic will be like on the way home and this information would pop up in front of me. via dvice.com

However, I think that artificial intelligence must also improve dramatically within the next 5 years as well in order to take advantage of these new ways of interacting with technology. AI like apple's siri technology is very useful and impressive for a very limited set of tasks. I'm sure it will continue to get better and it show's great potential. But for a truly revolutionary "personal assistant" technology, there is significant work that must be done in the interpretation of these interactions so that more complex tasks can be performed.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Next Big Thing

I am at a point where I feel as though I have no gadgets left to buy. Sure, I don't have every smartphone available, but I do have a great smartphone and all in all the primary features are the same on all the great smartphones. The only difference is in the execution at this point. Not a small point, but one I believe to be generally accurate.

There are incremental improvements every year, but I can't think of an absolutely, blow-me away, innovative device since the iphone. The iPad was a great invention, but the paradigm for the iPad had already been set by the iPhone.

Thats not to say that I am not greatly enjoying the gadgets that I own. I just don't know whats next. Is it TV, voice control, robotics and AI?

If I am wrong, let me know, but I believe that we are in a tech gadget lull here.

My prediction is that AI will be the next big thing. Apple took a stab at this with the Siri personal assistant built into the latest iphone 4S. Its cool, and can be useful, but it has a long way to go before it truly becomes a significant life changer.

Xbox's kinect system is already integrating voice control systemwide in the latest xbox fall update. Its done well, but I do find that if there is background noise the system kind of breaks down and doesn't hear me well. I've heard rumors that Apple may add Siri support to the apple tv, which is cool, but again I can foresee the same problem occurring in a noisy room.

Google's car that automatically drives itself looks promising, but I believe it will be a very long time before I find this technology in my own vehicle.

A truly useful consumer combination of robotics and AI still appears to be many years away.

So I'll continue to write about the incremental improvements in our current technological paradigms. But I'm getting impatient for something more.