A terrific John Markoff article discusses advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, intelligent transportation, and emotional computing:
“‘During the next decade we’re going to see smarts put into everything,’ said Ed Lazowska, a computer scientist at the University of Washington who is a specialist in Big Data. ‘Smart homes, smart cars, smart health, smart robots, smart science, smart crowds and smart computer-human interactions.’
“The enormous amount of data being generated by inexpensive sensors has been a significant factor in altering the center of gravity of the computing world, he said, making it possible to use centralized computers in data centers — referred to as the cloud — to take artificial intelligence technologies like machine-learning and spread computer intelligence far beyond desktop computers.”
Read more here.