Digital assistants


Yet another technology that is increasing in momentum is that of digital assistants. We saw probably the first successful implementation with Siri from Apple. Google wasn’t far behind with ‘Google Now’ and Microsoft has now joined the party with Cortana.

Cortana is a character out of the best selling XBox game Halo but has now been tasked with helping Windows users manage their lives. The software will available in an upcoming update to Windows Phone but has been previewed at at recent conference. The virtual assistant will only be available in the US at launch with reports that it won’t hit Australian shores until at least 2015.

If users allow these digital assistants to do things such as scan their email they will be kept up to date with things like airline reservations that appear there. Importantly, these digital assistants ‘learn’ about each individual user, their pretences and tastes thanks to the rear end processing power of the cloud.

If you have not used a digital assistant on your existing phone then it is certainly worth enabling and letting it work its magic, you’ll be not only be surprised at the results you get but also how fast it learns what you are interested in.

When you combine the growth in ‘wearables’ like smart watches you begin to see how quickly we are accelerating to what science fiction could only imagine a few years ago. If you then throw in the emerging technology of big data that aggregates vast amounts of information to determine trends then you begin see to how much we are likely to find our world changing in the next few years.

All this power has been brought to use courtesy of the Internet which just about connects every device and person on the planet these days (or soon will). Wireless technologies will bring mobile Internet to vast tracks of humanity who currently don’t have access today, thereby changing their lives and truly making them part of the global economy.

Exciting stuff!