London, United Kingdom, September 13, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Dr Chris Brauer is director of innovation in the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He’s announcing the results of Project VA at the RE.WORK summit on 18 September in London www.re-work.co/tech
We stand on the brink of the third wave of computing, where machines become capable of learning and self reflexively developing knowledge about the people and objects around them.
With the creation and circulation of so many data points defining our behaviours, interactions, activities, and locations, the next step in emerging technologies is a service that consolidates our experience. Think of it as a mash-up of the powerful natural language processing of IBM’s Watson, the voice-activated intelligent assistance of Apple’s Siri, the productivity augmentation of Google Now, and the biometrics and physiological quantifying of the self through wearable technologies.
‘Project Virtual Assistant’ is a research project by RE.WORK speaker Chris Brauer and Mindshare, bringing the virtual assistant of the future to life for users and service suppliers.
The virtual assistant ushers in the third wave of computing potential. Researchers at Goldsmiths and Mindshare collaborated over two months exploring what the next generation of technologies like Apple's Siri or Google Now might look like, and importantly, what people really want from such a powerful service augmenting our humanity with technology.
What does it mean for us as individuals, our communities, economies, and environment?
12 dedicated participants took part in a month of workshops, experiments and intensive fieldwork. Specialists in emerging technology from across engineering, media, computing, data, privacy, and marketing lent their expertise.
It's clear from the research that virtual assistants must be shaped by human input in design, form and function. Is this the new gateway to the Internet? Will each of us have our own personalized assistant or will one size fit all? Does it all mean more or less choice and transparency? And will the next generation of these technologies exist in our phones, wearables, robots, or in the cloud?
Dr Chris Brauer is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MSc Management of Innovation programme and the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies (CAST) in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Join us at RE.WORK Technology Summit, London, on 18-19 September to hear more from Chris and hear the much-anticipated results of ‘Project Virtual Assistant’.
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