“Hello, my name is Kiko”. Who said that? “I’m at intelligent desktop robotic assistant!” There’s a 48cm high, egg-shaped device sitting on a table, and it’s looking right at me. OK, it’s pointing an eight megapixel CMOS camera at me. From inside an egg on wheels.
Has the smartphone finally found its voice? After decades of dreaming of a time when home appliances and gadgets could talk to one another, the electronics industry has come up with two solutions that, when used together, could be the missing pieces of the smart home jigsaw; voice control, and the cloud.
Every successful technology needs a killer app. The internet has email to thank for getting it going, and there’s no way businesses would have embraced desktop computers in the 1990s if it wasn’t for spreadsheet software.
Is this the digital world’s missing link? Nothing more complicated than a shared ledger, blockchain technology creates high-integrity databases whose contents are always up-to-date and cannot be tampered with without leaving evidence. The end result? They can be trusted by all that share it. It’s the technology behind crypto-currency BitCoin, but the blockchain is being positioned to revolutionise the banking sector, healthcare, social security payments, and even online identities.
We live in a digital world. Or do we? Although it may seem like the digital era is humanity’s biggest achievement, conventional computer language doesn’t reflect the real world. It’s all 0s and 1s, which isn’t how the world really works. Cue quantum computing and, one day, a quantum cloud networked as a quantum internet.
From aluminium, copper and titanium to diamonds, gold and platinum, many of our planet’s natural resources are used by the technology industry to power the digital world and create the latest must-have smartphones and wearable devices. But the real jewel in the crown for the mining industry is the way it’s quickly embracing smart technology.