Emerging Tech SIG: How the World Around Us Should Work



  • Topic: "How the World Around Us Should Work"

    Is your garage door as smart as Siri? Does your home learn you like a Nest thermostat? Does your television compare notes with your phone? In this talk, we look at how trends in hardware, software, and design will impact daily life outside of computing.

    When you walk into a room in your home -- or anywhere -- that act itself is a gesture. When your TV understands voice commands and gestures, it's not a big step for it to recognize your face and your voice and that you're "here".

    Given multiple ways for your TV and all your other consumer electronics to acquire your identity and to learn your usage history and habits of presence, it's not a big leap to seeing them synthesize a local ad hoc mesh network and share what they know, to your benefit. Your home is on its way to embodying the context awareness that researchers have been working on since 1994.

    Unintended benefits of mobile devices: Even without ability to perceive the user, mainstream consumer electronics not to mention the tiny industry of home automation have seen disruptive change since the iPhone/iPad's arrival. The next step is devices that recognize and learn you, to assist in your daily life. All that's required is some common communications methods - methods already in place thanks to the mobile phone ecosystem.

    The result five years from now -- how the world will be different -- is not about individual devices. It's about how all your devices work together with the world around you and them to reduce the friction of your day, save a few seconds here and a few there, and become transparent to your train of thought (fewer interruptions!). Overall, it's about products, tools, devices, and transactions getting out of your way. The best assistance is invisible and anticipates your needs without distracting you to manage it.

    Mobile OS and handset vendors are all converging on the next Mother Lode: embedded, horizontal AI for context-aware hyperpersonalization of our daily lives. They see an opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with every user by perceiving the patterns of our everyday existence and then helping us, in ways that are less intrusive and more effective.

    Technology barriers are steadily diminishing: sensor power usage, battery energy density, seamless federation of consumer electronics, local ad-hoc networking, portable AI, realtime analytics. The other, more difficult barriers can be overcome: privacy, security, individual control of your own generated data, and, sometimes, revenue-sharing with the individuals whose behavior data is so valuable.

    Join us on May 1st when Clark Dodsworth discusses the dimensions of a path to ubiquitous solutions for work, home, and leisure life.


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation