• By Sin Mei C
  • December 8, 2013

This Week in Context (20131208)

This week in the Week in Context, there’s sentient code, enchanted objects, and the internet of things & everything else. Enjoy the interview with Stephen Wolfram, videos featuring MIT Media Lab’s futurist David Rose and some pristine journalism from the Daily Mail:  “Actively searching for directions, weather reports or even what to have for dinner is so last year.”

Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm
Venturebeat published an interview with Stephen Wolfram about combining the computation engine Mathematica with Wolfram Alpha’s knowledge of general information about the world and its entities, into something “Insanely more ambitious” than Google’s knowledge graph.  A great article about the Wolfram language, entities, natural language programming, singularity and the Wolfram Cloud. (via David)

Enchanted Objects and the Internet of Things
VintLabs talked to MIT Media Lab’s David Rose on the Internet of Things and its in pact on business. Rose sees an internet of things consisting of enchanted objects; ordinary things made extraordinary through technology. These enchanted objects, woven into the background of our environment (subject of the book Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things to be published May 2014) are the real future, not the Terminal World, where every conceivable surface has a screen embedded.

The rise of phones that read your mind: Google leads the way in apps that know what you want to do BEFORE you do
Something isn’t officially mainstream until the Daily Mail has covered it. They write on Google Now, predictive computing & the knowledge graph: “Actively searching for directions, weather reports or even what to have for dinner is so last year.”  So now you now, ‘Googling’ for something isn’t trendy anymore.

The Internet of Everything Also Will Mean Lots of Money
Some of Cisco’s predictions for the near future (2014-2015): The Internet of Everything, of which the IoT is a component, will result in $14.4 trillion in profits for companies worldwide by 2020, when there will be about 50 billion connected devices. Real value from the Internet of everything comes from being able to deliver personalized, relevant and local experiences. Over the next 12 to 24 months, in order to have better and more personalized services and information, internet users will become more willing to offer more personal information. And following cloud computing, there will be fog computing.

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