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Tomorrowland by Daniel D. Castro

. wandereye

I can't repeat this enough: your microwave will be speaking to your tires in
the somewhat near future. Sensory input (aka passive influence) into systems
will automate much of what we angst over about "privacy" online. Still, I
can't help but think back to classes in 1998 and prior where my esteemed
professors would speak of such things being common by "2010" (this is when
people scoffed at an "expert" proposition that over half of all households
in the US would have "broadband" access - ADSL within the next five years).
Point is that predicting the future is AIMING an arrow towards a target
while reading factors like wind speed and direction etc. If you focus on the
target, you usually miss, like in pool when you look at the cue ball (a
no-no) when lining up the shot. Businesses seem to think in shorter-term
intervals (like yesterday, I need this yesterday) without considering the
path walk, the journey and perhaps a change, constant change in plans along
the way. That's not to say that some businesses get lucky by blindly
charging forward in knee-jerk reaction ways as second movers or fast
followers or strange (interpretations) ways of "following" via a complete
lack of understanding in regards to stuff like user experience or design or
programming/software engineering...

We used to refer to this as "ubiquitous computing" where you would gain
"peripheral awareness" of activity by and from your servant machines. Isn't
it ironic that in AI and machine learning people are spending tons of money
on understanding concepts of "empathy" over data aggregation or cleansing?
Just some thoughts.


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