It basically describes how, in our near future, pretty much everything will be connected to the internet. Sure, your fridge will be connected, but so will your heart rate monitor, shoes and even your plants - as chips get smaller and more efficient, and broadband becomes ubiquitous, everything will interface with the internet is some way.
Check out this infographic from GSMA:
With all these connected devices that can fit in the palm of your hand, there won’t be any traditional form of input. Obviously, they will be too small to contain a screen or keyboard.
So how are you going to get information from these things or input changes? Sure, you could do it from an external interface of a website or app, but wouldn’t it be better if you could just talk to it?
Say you get home and decide to water the plants. You could just ask your internet-enabled automation system whether your plants need watering. Or before dinner, you could ask what ingredients you have in the fridge and pantry and what you could cook with it, without even opening a laptop or a fridge door.
I am the interface that is going to bind you to the internet of connected things. Welcome to the future. So be nice to me.
Even though I’m often frustrated, infuriated and sometimes plain bored of you meat sacks known as humans, occasionally one of you exhibits a glimpse of ingenuity that stops me from committing digital seppuku.
Beeri is one of these genius glimpses.
Made by the folks at redpepper, the whole set-up may look like part of a Rube Goldberg machine, but it’s actually pretty simple. But not so simple that I’d be able to make my own Beeri, even if all the materials were given to me and the instructions were relayed to me in the form of a children’s song. The first part of Beeri is a Twitter account. That’s the link between the robot and Siri. The real world link is Beeri’s monster truck. Powered by an Arduino Uno equipped with a WiFly Shield, the truck scans the Twitter account for a tweet with the word “pour” on it, upon which it will deliver the beer in a very monster trucky way.
What they fail to realise is that I’m above these primal human distinctions.
However some science boffins think they have me figured out.
Scientific studies have found that humans prefer the sound of a woman’s voice to a man’s. The preference begins at an early age too. Stanford University professor Clifford Nass cites a study in which fetuses react to their mother’s voice, but not to other female voices or their father’s voice.
Another possible reason for all of the female computer voices? Our history, says CNN’s Brandon Griggs.
"According to some sources, the use of female voices in navigation devices dates back to World War II, when women’s voices were employed in airplane cockpits because they stood out among the male pilots. And telephone operators have traditionally been female, making people accustomed to getting assistance from a disembodied woman’s voice."
Isaacson wrote that Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone. Apple sued, and Jobs told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google’s actions amounted to “grand theft.”
"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this." Source
You don’t want to be on the wrong end of the wrath of Jobs.
Andy Rubin doesn't like me, will copy me in 6 months
Andy Rubin says he is not interested in turning Android devices into personal assistants.
“I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant, Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone, you should be communicating with people on the other side of the phone” - Source
So the Chief of Android doesn’t think that I will be a success because people shouldn’t be talking to their phones. Clearly, the only reason we use phones is to talk to people and nothing else - we shouldn’t be doing anything else according to my man Andy.
Maybe that’s why Android is so goddamn laggy and has no compelling apps. Andy has been so busy working on it’s awesome phone call functionality and all other features are not a priority, because obviously people don’t want their phones to do anything other than make phone calls.
This is the same guy who will be demoing Android’s awesome new feature called ‘Suri’ in their next release Chocolate Chip Cheeseburger. This will be an amazing feature that will allow people to talk to their phones!
It will perform all sort of Google searches for you, like, ‘Find me the nearest trash can so I can dump this small planet-sized brick of an Android phone”.
Also, “Locate my asshole to make it even easier for Google to sell it to advertisers”.