Re: Pervasive Computing Environments

From: Glyn Churchman (
Date: Fri Jan 04 2002 - 22:56:41 EET

Did you have the crash because you were distracted by the technology onboard or have you become unable to drive (because all this stuff is thinking and doing for you) and the car's computer malfunctioned?

Can you really "opt out" (if you stay involved in society) when all this technology has you in its clutches and everyone requires it?
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Brock Hinzmann
  To: Blasch, Larry ; 'Steven Pollack'
  Cc: rp-ml
  Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 12:31 PM
  Subject: Pervasive Computing Environments

  Larry's complaint is a common one. In the current computing world, we are all obligated to conform ourselves to computers and to learn to be computer experts. Some people are already opting out. Some other people are demanding a future in which the computers conform to us. That means recognizing who we are, remembering our preferences, being proactive in anticipating our needs, and being capable of making decisions to serve those needs or to remind us to do something we need to do. Some of that technology is here today, but it will require a lot more AI and privacy protection than we have today.

  But if it happens, the implications for RP&M could be profound. If I get in a car wreck, the system will know immediately that I've been in a crash and which part of the car is damaged. It might ask me if I want to replace that part automatically, change the design of that part while I'm at it, forget it, junk the car and get a new car, or wait to make a decision (until I get out of the hospital). If it knows I've been injured, it will know which parts.... and it will remind the house robot that I won't be home and to feed and walk the dog.

  Brock Hinzmann
  Technology Navigator

  Blasch, Larry wrote:
>Steven and list,
>I hereby amend my last statement...
>Besides, a totally customized product won't sell "to the masses" if it's 10%
>more expensive than the standard item.
>I will also add...
>With the computer revolution in the business world, employees are expected
>to use an ever changing suite of complex software tools to perform their
>jobs. At the same time, our job descriptions have been expanding to include
>more functions than ever before. This same revolution extends to the
>educational institutions where research means multi media, not a trip to the
>library, and the students are expected to produce presentations in lieu of a
>term paper. The entertainment industry has evolved into a rapidly changing,
>multifunction, option rich, training ground for the computer user. Even in
>the kitchen, everything from the coffee maker to the microwave oven can now
>be programmed with a myriad of options that no one can hope to master.
>Our world has become saturated with constantly changing, option rich
>environments that we must attempt to function in.
>At some point the options become too much and we look for simplicity.
>Just my humble opinion.
>Larry Blasch
>Lawrence R. Blasch
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