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Could a "guardian angel" be the next technological revolution?

Some day ago, i was at home of a friend of mine. He has an iMac and iPad, that he holds near the keyboard; so i said : "Why don't you use the iPad as a keyboard?" and i had this idea.
We're accustomed to working to the same task using different technologies.
Image now a single technology , an individual kind, a sort of guardian angel, that allow you to move from one device to another. I imagined something based on the cloud system ( dropbox, google drive, iCloud are examples) not to store memory, but to work with an operating system.

This is something that i think could be realize with Mistry's device (i tagged the talk)

How do you think we could realize this? Is it a feasible idea? What changes would you make?



[PS:If I remeber correctly, there are some rumors from Apple about this kind of things]

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  • Aug 1 2012: I am not exactly sure what you are specifically proposing.

    I think the notion of controlling all of our electronic devices and electric appliances from the 'cloud' is very much under development.

    We do not need computers. We need what computers do for us. And now, we need those things to be mobile. Rest assured that the electronics and software industries are aware of this and developing capabilities as fast as they can.

    My grandchild will one day be on the way home from a tiring day at work. In her car she will say something like "Hey stupid, [stupid being the name of her personal cyber assistant, a name she would never use for a real person] I should be home in about twenty minutes, have a bath ready at the usual temperature." Her cyber assistant, which is in the cloud and knows her preferences and habits better than her own mother, will send the appropriate signals to her bath system to have the bath ready after she gets home, lets the dog outside, and changes her clothes.

    What is amazing about this scenario is that it will not happen for at least another ten years, yet all of this could be done with today's technology, and in ten years the technology will be much advanced. There are people (presumably rich) who are already hiring contractors to outfit their homes with this kind of technology. If I had money to invest, I might build an apartment building with remote control technology. The first ones will get sky high rents.
  • Aug 2 2012: This may date me but this reminds me of back to the future where the whole house is basically alive with this AI. I think it does make a bath as well. I agree with what Steve Jobs said, the computer is just going to be an outlet for the data. I like the term Guardian Angel, it gives it a helpful quality instead of the big brother watching over stigma the cloud has had to voer come.
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    Aug 1 2012: I love this idea! Make it so!
    • Aug 2 2012: I like the idea that Mr.Palmer's granddaughter will be exhausted from work. What a nice image and a wonderful future to envision leaving her.
      The original concept and intent of technology, to free humans from boring, tiring, labor, will not have been used to free her and many like her, from the clutches of those who are wealthy and can keep the rest enslaved.

      Not much imaginative, different thinking there. Just the same 'ole, same 'ole.
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        Aug 2 2012: Maybe then, your industry or academics are out of touch. As I said, we do not need to wait for the new, the creative or the innovative - we just need things that work and ignoring the demand, even of 50 something women like me who want their technology to work and make itself work if we spend our money on it - is really poor business. We represent an excellent revenue stream that could take your companies out of the red.
        In my way of thinking, when someone makes the effort to bring forth an idea from another country especially from another language tradition we should listen and learn. They might not have the advantages of knowing what is cutting edge like you might but they bring a world of different understanding to the table. With companies looking for third world markets it behooves all of us to listen.
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    Aug 1 2012: From what I can get, the "Guardian Angel" was pretty much the laptop itself. The laptop is supposed to be your companion or partner in crime for helping you out with various things. So what you're thinking of is having a Guardian Angel for the other Guardian Angels lol

    Kinda reminds me of I, Robot. And I think Apple might be moving to that direction, with Siri.

    I think it could be pretty effective and quite feasible. Japan is already really hardcore about robotics. We also already have Siri-like voice recognition, voice responses, decent image recognition technology, etc. It would be hella expensive atm, but it's very feasible to pull off I, Robot.

    And also keep in mind that Apple is very keen on how much information they leak at what time. Their marketing strategy is reveal a little bit of info to pique curiosity. It's a very sly tactic I tell you.
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      Aug 1 2012: Yeah, the basic idea practically is separate the "brain" of a computer from "bodies" of various devices. The example of I, Robot is very good. Another example is to imagine being able to see the same object through different windows.

      This idea could be applied to connect smartphones, tablet, computer but also new car, television or anything you need.
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        Aug 1 2012: Like you said, they already connect multiple devices with cloud storage services.

        Having companion robots or machines to help us out is definitely convenient, almost too lazy if you ask me lol.

        It would be really cool to be able to write out a paper by just speaking your thoughts. This would also practice speech, and would be very conveniently hands-free to record notes and stuff. Problem is, this only works in an environment that isn't afraid of noise. So in a library or in a lecture, it wouldn't be that great. But it would be cool to take lecture notes just be hearing the professor speak, or rewatching lecture videos.