This year things changed. This year people spoke about things that have actually happened. Things, which just a short while ago, were the stuff of speculation and science fiction. It looks like we will look back at 2011 as the year when the Singularity actually began.
Rules are dumb. We all know it. Each of us has a magnificent brain, the most intricately engineered known artifact in the universe, and yet in a world of rules, we're not trusted to exercise our judgment.
The prospects for advanced computing in health care are undeniable, and behind the scenes, Watson is in clinical boot camp getting prepared to participate in one of the most important jobs there is -- taking care of patients and saving lives.
If high skill jobs that require college degrees start getting substantially automated, that will threaten an important aspect of the social contract: the idea that if you work hard to educate yourself, you'll have a better shot at prosperity.
I strongly suspect Homo sapiens is about to be replaced, and we're inventing our successors. As a sideshow in this development, an IBM computer will be crossing swords with two humans this week on Jeopardy.
Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft's Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns -- recognizing and responding to you.