An account of the mother of all demos, written by Steven Johnson.
Friday, August 5th, 2022
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
I can’t recall the last time I was so creeped out by a technology as I am by Google Duplex—the
AI that can make reservations over the phone by pretending to be a human.
I’m not sure what’s disturbing me more: the technology itself, or the excited reaction of tech bros who can’t wait to try it.
Thing is …when these people talk about being excited to try it, I’m pretty sure they are only thinking of trying it as a caller, not a callee. They aren’t imagining that they could possibly be one of the people on the other end of one of those calls.
The visionaries of technology—Douglas Engelbart, J.C.R Licklider—have always recognised the potential for computers to augment humanity, to be bicycles for the mind. I think they would be horrified to see the increasing trend of using humans to augment computers.
Friday, March 9th, 2018
We hoped for a bicycle for the mind; we got a Lazy Boy recliner for the mind.
Nicky Case on how Douglas Engelbart’s vision for human-computer augmentation has taken a turn from creation to consumption.
When you create a Human+AI team, the hard part isn’t the “AI”. It isn’t even the “Human”.
It’s the “+”.
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Luke has been asking people to imagine ways of augmenting the world. Spimes are back, baby!
Sunday, June 12th, 2016
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
Where I’m actually living in augmented reality, Jefferson Airplane and what does this mean for photos. « geobloggers
Rev. Dan Catt's augmented reality future is here; it just isn't evenly distributed yet.