Cutting edge technology

8 Dec

A recent comment made me think about the qualities of “cutting edge technology”. At least in terms of communication and computing, the aim of new technology is to make it more human. Gestural interfacing, voice recognition, biometrics etc are all efforts to make machines understand us. This is important because there is a general perception that technology is alienating. I tend to agree with that, as I am not convinced that a more mediated communication is better. However, in light if this recent revelation, I am starting to wonder if we’re not Pygmalion creating Galataea. So in the end, are we helping them, the machines, the marble or the poor flower girl, become like us, or are we trying to make ourselves more human?

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