“Ambient Computing”

M-am trezit târziu față de când a fost publicat, dar mi-a plăcut mult și m-a pus pe gânduri ultimul articol din cariera jurnalistului (legendar pe partea de tech / Silicon Valley) Walt Mossberg.

Mi-a plăcut în special din cauză că am asistat deja la câteva evenimente și lecturi recente în care oameni din domenii foarte diferite unele față de celealte au ajuns la concluzii similare. Pornind de la scriitori SF, la filozofi care ipotezează că conștiința e doar o stare a materiei (așa cum lichid, gazos sunt stări), acum din ce în ce mai mulți oameni au ajuns la noțiunea că computerul va dispărea încet, iar mediul înconjurător va fi “transformat cu inteligență și capabilități care nu par a fi acolo deloc”.

Ambient computing:

„But just because you’re not seeing amazing new consumer tech products on Amazon, in the app stores, or at the Apple Store or Best Buy, that doesn’t mean the tech revolution is stuck or stopped. In fact, it’s just pausing to conquer some major new territory. And, if it succeeds, the results could be as big or bigger than the first consumer PCs were in the 1970s, or even the web in the 1990s and smartphones in the first decade of this century.

All of the major tech players, companies from other industries and startups whose names we don’t know yet are working away on some or all of the new major building blocks of the future. They are: Artificial intelligence / machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and drones, smart homes, self-driving cars, and digital health / wearables.

All of these things have dependencies in common. They include greater and more distributed computing power, new sensors, better networks, smarter voice and visual recognition, and software that’s simultaneously more intelligent and more secure.

I expect that one end result of all this work will be that the technology, the computer inside all these things, will fade into the background. In some cases, it may entirely disappear, waiting to be activated by a voice command, a person entering the room, a change in blood chemistry, a shift in temperature, a motion. Maybe even just a thought.

Your whole home, office and car will be packed with these waiting computers and sensors. But they won’t be in your way, or perhaps even distinguishable as tech devices.

This is ambient computing, the transformation of the environment all around us with intelligence and capabilities that don’t seem to be there at all.

 

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