Earlier in the semester I posted a video showing what Apple envisioned the future would be like in 2011 - with a series of vignettes from 1987. Well with the looming release of the iPhone 5 it seems that future has finally arrived. And exactly when Apple predicted.
In my previous post I mentioned Apple purchased Siri a mobile assistant app and it seems from the latest rumors of the iPhone 5 release, its greatest feature will be the fully realized version of Siri’s technology: a new iPone app called Assistant.
Assistant is set to replace and expand upon Apple’s previous Voice Control app and will be activated by users by holding down the home button. All users need to do is simply speak into their iPhone either asking for information or delivering a command, and presto! Assistant will respond aloud with your answer as well as organize everything in a easy to follow “conversation view” that appears as a back-and-forth text conversation.
According to 9to5Mac it will have the ability to: “send text messages (complete with read-back functionality to ensure the content is correct), send e-mails, set reminders, find directions, and even answer math questions, thanks to integration with Wolfram Alpha’s “knowledge engine.”
In addition to the Assistant application, Apple is allegedly releasing a Diction app that allows users to send text messages via text-to-speech as well as a “Find My Friends” feature where you will be able to ask Assistant where your friends are located and if they are registered with the service, Assistant will track them down.
This is an incredible moment in time for our collective Digital History. It marks the mass shift of our culture fully embracing the ‘just-in-time-living’ concept. Now with everything on demand and technology reaching the point where it can help us operate with increased efficiency and with real-time information gathering, it will effect a profound social change. Gone will be planning and much forethought into day-to-day chores. We will simply get up and go. With Assisstant we will only need our trusty iPhone 5 and we will be set to conquer the world.
Apple was on dead on the money. It’s crazy but the future is now.
So… when will Apple predict AI? Because we have just about reached Minority Report, but I’m holding out for Blade Runner.