By 2020, computing power that is equivalent to human brain (10 quatrillion cps-cycle per second) will cost less than $1000, that is 500X the compute power for the same price today. This acceleration of computing speed will accelerate General AI(conscious self-aware AI)’s self learning, so not only will it make AI smarter than human, the gap will be widened faster and faster as well, to a point that we can no longer communicate — it will be like ants and human(we are the ants !), and we call that the Singularity.
So is there a path for human to stay as the dominant species on earth, there is a hypothetical, and it has to do with nanotechnology and internet. The idea is to integrate neural chip in human via nanotechnology, thanks to the accelerating compute power in smaller chip, it will be nano size so we don’t need to put hole in the back of our head. We will “live in the internet” and have the entire knowledge base and computing power of it. This is a way to “upgrade” the slow evolving human and it needs to be done before Singularity arrives. …
AI is a big trend, and everyone has had somewhat a wakeup call, or at least a reminder of its power with the AlphaGo news recently. It will be applied ubiquitous to computing, from Go to lot more other applications. This week, we saw two new products that are AI working in smart conversation front.
Slack releases a new API that allows Developers to build smart chat bot with it. It can conduct basic semantic analysis and provide meaning of the conversation. API.ai is the 3rd party webservice, and Slack has integrated with it.
MSG.AI is another example, which focus on provide customer service to eCommerce merchants for now. …
This App lets you to take pieces of your surroundings, as below, and it magically stitches them together into a 360 degree view.
It can be presented in VR style under a Google Cardboard type of VR viewing device.
Despite some extra hassle to snatch pictures around you and potentially got disoriented :), any attempt to use a 2D device to create a VR experience is worth noting.
Video Demo: link
Founders: Elliott Perez @elliott_blast
2. Pagare — Smart Watchstrap
The idea is to make the watchstrap smart, so the watch itself can still be a watch, a design centric accessory, instead of a sometimes clunky piece of a electronic device that tries to be fashion but not really. …
<Switch> by Chip Heath, is a book about how to make changes. It could be changing the product direction, changing what time you go to bed at night, or changing a super talkative wife :)
The breakthrough starts with understanding why is it so hard for people to change. By nature, human are emotional, has weak self-control, and are short term thinkers. Adults learn to correct that by being rational, that is how we make it in the world, but it is exhaustive, thus, change is hard. …