Ray Kurzweil on our 'machine-human civilization'
March 13th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Ray Kurzweil on our 'machine-human civilization'

By Brandon Griggs, CNN

Austin, Texas (CNN) – Any author or filmmaker seeking ideas for a sci-fi yarn about the implications of artificial intelligence - good or bad - would be smart to talk to Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil, the acclaimed inventor and futurist, believes that humans and technology are blurring - note the smartphone appendages in almost everyone's hand - and will eventually merge.

"We are a human-machine civilization. Everybody has been enhanced with computer technology," he told a capacity crowd of more than 3,000 tech-savvy listeners Monday at the South by Southwest Interactive conference. "They're really part of who we are.

FULL STORY

Post by:
Filed under: Future • Innovation • Internet • Robots • Social change • Tech
Augmented reality and the future of driving
January 13th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Augmented reality and the future of driving

By Brandon Griggs, CNN

Las Vegas (CNN) - Imagine a future in which icons flash on your car windshield, hologram style, as your car approaches restaurants, stores, historic landmarks or the homes of friends.

Simply point your hand at them, and the icons open to show real-time information: when that bridge over there was built, what band is playing at that nightclub on the left, whether that new café up the street has any tables available. Wave your hand again, and you've made a restaurant reservation.

Mercedes-Benz showed off this vision of the future of driving - complete with augmented-reality and gesture-controlled features - this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

FULL STORY

Post by:
Filed under: Events • Innovation • Tech