Siri co-founder talks about superhuman computer-assisted memory at TED conference
Mr Gruber painted a picture, where computers not only help and assist people with simple tasks, but also enhance their cognitive and recall potential. Human robots, folks, that’s what Apple’s exec spoke about. In his speech, he laid out an idea that the vast majority of people consider only in the spectrum of sci-fi – having computer-assisted memory of every place, taste, person or interaction you have ever experienced. The talk focused on how computers will integrate with our lives and assist us in ways it's hard to imagine. Gruber sees a future where AI gives humans "superhuman intelligence", but did not specify when we might expect to see such tech become a reality.
Imagine having an AI-operated storage of your entire human experience, just like you would backup your computer, or in the case of Apple – a Time Capsule kind of snapshots of life records. Of course, this is just our very random guess about what ubiquitous AI ecosystem Apple might come up with, but Cupertino certainly seems to be working on something big, if we take Gruber’s speech into consideration.
The impact of enhanced computer-assisted memory may be spectacular and horrific at the same time, though. While such technology may save much suffering for patients with debilitating illnesses, and their families, it may pose some serious privacy and personal data concerns. Imagine having a digitalized account for everything you have ever done, thought or experienced, sitting on a flash-drive or in a web cloud. Yeah…the abuse potential is massive.