Okay Siri Now

The idea of a digital assistant has been around since Clippy and Microsoft Bob. And in the past year or two it actually became useful thanks to Okay Google and Siri.

Siri is great at making conversations, while Google tries to be a silent butler anticipating all your needs with Google Now. Sometimes it can be scary, and even scarier if you are a tech person.

I feel that Google and Facebook are keeping a lot of functions and data away from users, not only to keep us from feeling overwhelmed, but to hide how much they already know about us.

So. What are they cooking in their labs? What brave new world is waiting for us?

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Cognitive watch

Imagine. You have a nifty little gadget on your wrist.

It reads your temperature, blood pressure, sweat, electro-something, can listen carefully and recognize your voice, it is aware of your surroundings…

That's the amount of data a Garmin sport tracker gets from 1 run.
That’s the amount of data a Garmin sport tracker gets from 1 run.

— Looks like a perfect medical personal assistant?
— No, that’s exactly what a lie detector is.

Such device can not only tell that you are lying, but also a vast array of your emotions from pain and fear to anger or joy.

And it does all of this even before recording what you are saying and putting it into context (which it could also totally do!)

And where do we go from here?

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