Way Way Way back in the late 80s, Apple had a vision for computing called the Knowledge Navigator. This dream had a certain 2001 Space Odyssey HAL aspect to it because you, the user could hold a discussion with your computer as it helped you solve your problems.
I was watching an old 12-minute Apple video called the Knowledge Navigator (1987) where a professor is working with his DynaBook to plan his day. (The DynaBook is a laptop conceived by Alan Kay in 1968.) Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this type of interaction with your computer?
Did you notice that the professor said that the article he needed was 5 years old? When his DynaBook found it, it turned out that that article was written in 2006. Add 5 years to that and you get 2011. That’s not very far away from today. Are we actually living that today?
I have been exploring the many faces of Siri on my iPhone. I have been amazed about how I can ask Siri to set an alarm, search for a recipe, add an expense to a specific note, make a call to my wife, but I was BLOWN AWAY by some of the options I found when researching this post. Here are some of the requests you can ask of Siri: (Found these at Imgur.com)
- Show me the roster for the Giants
- Did the University of Northern Iowa win last night?
- What does the rest of my day look like?
- Where is my next meeting?
- Move my 3:00 meeting to 4:30
- Tell my wife I’ll be right there.
- Open Facebook
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