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A well-trained software agent in the future might accomplish these tasks:
Remind you that it’s time to get the tires rotated on your car
Distribute notes to the other members of your study group
Manage your appointments and keep track of your communications
Defend your system and your home from viruses, intruders, and other security breaches
Detect your emotional state and respond accordingly
Tomorrow’s Way of Life: Transparent Technology “ This will be the generation where the technology disappears into the tool, serving valuable functions but keeping out of the way – the generation of the invisible computer.” Donald A. Norman
The network of the future will be more like a biological system.
Neural nets allow individual computers to learn from experience because their design is inspired by biological nervous systems.
Research is being conducted in neurons electronically linked onto chips for communication; this type of research could eventually lead to artificial retinas and prosthetic limbs that are extensions of the human nervous system.
Microsensors - tiny devices that can detect pressure, temperature, and other environmental qualities
BioMEMS - apply chip technology to biological applications may soon cure many forms of deafness, enable many blind people to see images and navigate, stimulate paralyzed limbs, diagnose bacterial agents, determine drug safety, and deliver drugs precisely where they’re needed.
Nanotubes - tiny cylindrical molecules with semiconductor properties similar to those found in silicon chips; could lead to quantum computers —computers based on the properties of atoms and their nuclei and the laws of quantum mechanics
The computer is a powerful and malleable tool. It can be used to empower or imprison, to explore or exploit, to create or destroy. We can choose. We’ve been given the tools. It’s up to all of us to invent the future.
If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants. — Isaac Newton