If personal computing has a single birthday, it very well might be December 19, 1968. That day, Douglas Engelbart took the stage at Brooks Hall in San Francisco to demonstrate the system he and colleagues at the Augmentation Research Center had spent nearly ten years building. They called it NLS, for oNLine System, and over the next 90 minutes Engelbart would reveal just how far they’d progressed.
FJORD CHARTS THE MAJOR INNOVATIONS OF THE PAST, AND PREDICTS A FUTURE OF TOTALLY INTUITIVE “MICRO GESTURES AND EXPRESSIONS” THAT WILL CONTROL OUR DEVICES.
To see the future, first we must understand the past. Humans have been interfacing with machines for thousands of years. We seem to be intrinsically built to desire this communion with the made world. This blending of the mechanical and biological has often been described as a “natural” evolutionary process by such great thinkers as Marshall McLuhan in the ’50s and more recently Kevin Kelly in his seminal bookWhat Technology Wants. So by looking at the long timeline of computer design we can see waves of change and future ripples.
Awww. This makes us nostalgic for the late 90s.
It’s really scary what technology can do..not in a 2001: A Space Odyssey- creepy way though. This video from tech giant Microsoft shows a possible future where digital and touchscreen become partners in crime. A large touchscreen could connect to iPads via voice command, you can watch videos, share photos around the house, the possibilities are endless. This video really astounded me. I’m speechless, and this is worth checking out. Let me know what you think…have we gone too far?
Stay tuned my friends for another CLOSE UP :)
IBM’s Watson Gets Its First Piece Of Business In Healthcare
Over the past two years, IBM’s researchers have shrunk Watson from the size of a master bedroom to a pizza-box-sized server that can fit in any data center. And they improved its processing speed by 240%. Now what was once was a fun computer-science experiment in natural language processing is becoming a real business for IBM and Wellpoint, which is the exclusive reseller of the technology for now. Initial customers include WestMed Practice Partners and the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine & Blood Disorders. […]
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I like this prediction from the kitchen segment:
When I’ve finished eating, there will be no dishes to wash. The used plates will be melted down again, the leftovers destroyed in the process and the melted plastic will be ready to be molded into clean plates when I need them next.
Anybody remember the IBM computer punch card?
3M unveiled an enormous 84-inch multitouch table at CES today, following up on the 46-inch display the company announced here last year. The table is still in prototype mode, but already supports up to 40 simultaneous touches, and features a display with 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution.