A survey of 1,000 cell phone owners commissioned by Nuance, a provider of voice recognition software, suggests that people are developing closer relationships with the virtual assistants on their smartphones.
It seems to me that psychologists are beginning to better understand human creativity, and that engineers are beginning to learn to program it into computers. Perhaps the next great generation of artists will be made of silicon.
In the opening session of Techonomy 2012 today, Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick interviewed Ray Kurzweil, the futurist and transhumanist who has developed a cult following for his prediction of the merging of humans and computers.
Heroes such as imagined by the ancient Greeks, and exemplified by individuals like Neil Armstrong -- whose actions shift paradigms and extend horizons -- are proving increasingly difficult to come by. At a number of levels this is due to the development of new technologies.
A potential break in the human continuum serves as the backdrop to filmmaker Ayoub Qanir's latest film project, Koyakatsi, equal parts science and art -- a mind-bending marriage of grit, fantasy and style.
We know what machines programmed for intelligence would think of texting while driving. They would find a way to prevent it. Unless, of course, they don't like us at all. Unless they want to get us out of the way.
The movie Robot & Frank tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Frank, an aging former cat burglar, and a nameless eldercare robot. But Robot & Frank is no hypothetical sci-fi flight of fancy.