Intel Reveals the Future of Technology and It's Curiously Friendly
Curious, sensitive, empathic and wise. No, that's not a description of the perfect mentor, rather it's Intel's vision of the future of tech gadgets.
Intel researchers are focused on delivering new context-aware user experiences, Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer, told audience members at the keynote session for the Intel Developer Forum held in San Francisco this week.
"Context-aware devices will anticipate your needs, advise you, and guide you through your day in a manner more akin to a personal assistant than a traditional computer," Rattner said. This brand of artificial intelligence is possible through increased processing power, improved connectivity and new sensing capabilities.
Rattner described how context awareness is poised to fundamentally change the nature of how we interact with devices and the services they provide. As computing devices having increased processing power, improved connectivity and innovative sensing capabilities, Intel researchers are focused on delivering new context-aware user experiences.
Rattner said context aware computing is fundamentally different than the simple kinds of sensor-based applications we see today.
Today's devices such as smartphones can provide directions via GPS, alert you to an upcoming appointment, but tomorrow's devices will be able to anticipate and advise based on the user's established behavior.
"As your devices learn about your life, they can begin to anticipate your needs. Imagine your PC advising you leave the house 10 minutes early for your next appointment due to a traffic tie-up on your way to work," Ratner said.
He also tempted the audience with a context-aware TV remote that could identify who was holding it and automatically select a channel based on the time of day and the user's viewing history.
"All this may sound like science fiction ," Rattner said. "But … we can already demonstrate much of it in the lab.”
At the end of his keynote, Rattner presented the ultimate example of sensing: a human brain-computer interface. Through the Human Brain project, Intel’s aim is to enable people to one day use their thoughts to directly interact with computers and mobile devices.