Do you think the way your smart phone changes the display orientation when you flip it is cool? Or maybe you have lots of fun playing around with voice commands. I’m sure that your smart phone can do a lot of awesome stuff, but that’s nothing when compared to what Intel is working on. If they make any progress on what they call “context-aware computing,” we just might be playing with gadgets that can read our minds!
When I first read about context-aware computing, I mentally shouted “Scary!” At the same time, I cannot suppress the surge of excitement. This technology is BIG. The scary part, I think, is the result of watching/reading too much science fiction – that, and the recent news about lying robots.
So anyway, a group of Intel researchers announced that they are working on this technology that will ultimately be able to gather and process information from the behavior of the user. This data will then be used to predict the mood and the feelings of the user. Based on the predictions, the gadgets will be able to provide suggestions. Pretty cool, huh?
Justin Rattner, head of the research group excitedly shared the potential of this technology:
“Future devices will learn about you, your day, where you are and where you are going to know what you want. It gives devices almost this sixth sense of anticipating what a user will need in the future, whether that’s the next few moments or at dinner later in the day.”
If I were the user, the gadget will not have too many problems in predicting what I will need: Chocolate, steak, and Jack Daniels.
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