This week in tech news is all about the future of tech. What does the future hold? Well, based on this week’s news, it will involve super smart computers, delivery drones and clothes that track your health. Who knows, maybe all three at once!
IBM’s Watson super computer technology, famous for its smackdown of Jeopardy champions, is opening up to all kinds of potential uses, including commercial ones. This week IBM announced that they are working to make Watson available to a variety of research and development opportunities for business, including healthcare and science. Potentially, Watson could greatly reduce the amount of time needed for groundbreaking research. I’ll take Massive Supercomputing Potential for $1,000 Alex.
When Amazon talked about doing deliveries via drones, it mainly served as fodder for late night comedians. But now Google is joining in on this idea, which means we should all probably start to take the concept of delivery via drone seriously. Through their bleeding-edge research lab Google X, the tech giant has been running a series of tests in Australia trying out the idea of delivery via drone. Hmmm. What would I order for delivery? Maybe some wearable computing.
For the most part, the wearable computing options we’ve seen at technology shows have been ugly gadgets that scream geek. But now that Ralph Lauren is joining in, we may have some wearables that we would actually want to wear. At the US Open tennis championship, Ralph Lauren has been testing out a smartshirt, a polo shirt with fitness tracking technology built-in. This is a pretty interesting idea, as in many ways a shirt should be superior to a watch when it comes to tracking health statistics. Just as long as you don’t have to tap your chest every time you want the shirt to sync with your phone.
That’s it for this week in tech. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m battling Watson for Jeopardy supremacy while waiting for a drone to deliver my shirt.
For more on these topics, read Aberdeen’s IT research.