Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Shall we talk?

It was a big letdown not to see iPhone 5 announced at the Apple event today. But Siri, a talking virtual assistant is officially active now. We've used a GPS device, and we've tried speaking to the Google search app. But they were not as interactive and "intelligent." Siri will certainly change the way humans communicate with machines. At least closer to what we imagined the future would be in the past.
HAL 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
"Mother," Alien (1979)
KITT, Knight Rider (1982)
V.I.K.I., I, Robot (2004)
Jarvis, Iron Man (2008)
ARIIA, Eagle Eye (2008)
GERTY 3000, Moon (2009)

These machines in the movies can talk, think, and even conspire. It's almost a shame that we get to that technology just now. Or maybe we have been careful? Maybe we should really consider what if artificial intelligence really turns into Skynet?

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