Narrated by Bradley Metrock1 hr 18 min
As voice technology (more properly referred to as voice-first technology) advances as the most important emerging technology of our time, This Week In Voice has chronicled it all. Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Samsung's Bixby, and many other voice assistants now crowd the landscape and have ushered in a new era of computing which uses the human voice as its preferred method of input.
The rise of voice-first technology has brought along a new set of issues related to gender. If this is our new method of computing, and we're speaking with all manner of voice assistants and intelligent agents now, does it matter if they are gendered? Are there best practices or learnings that have emerged from Amazon's use of a female-gendered assistant (Alexa) relative to Google's own genderless Assistant?
How do the behaviors of end users, and their willingness to push boundaries and try everything a voice assistant will allow, factor in to the process of creating voice assistants and voice experiences? And we know children are embracing this technology, leading Katie McMahon of SoundHound to dub this new generation of children "Generation V." How does this technology's impact on our children change our views on the gender we assign to these assistants, and the interaction models we try to facilitate?
These questions, and more, are explored in This Week In Voice Presents: Perspectives On Gender In VoiceFirst Technology.
Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100.
In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics.
In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. Artificial intelligence will be dispersed throughout the environment, and Internet-enabled contact lenses will allow us to access the world's information base or conjure up any image we desire in the blink of an eye.
Meanwhile, cars will drive themselves using GPS, and if room-temperature superconductors are discovered, vehicles will effortlessly fly on a cushion of air, coasting on powerful magnetic fields and ushering in the age of magnetism.
Using molecular medicine, scientists will be able to grow almost every organ of the body and cure genetic diseases. Millions of tiny DNA sensors and nanoparticles patrolling our blood cells will silently scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, while rapid advances in genetic research will enable us to slow down or maybe even reverse the aging process, allowing human life spans to increase dramatically.
In space, radically new ships—needle-sized vessels using laser propulsion—could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars. Advances in nanotechnology may lead to the fabled space elevator, which would propel humans hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere at the push of a button.
But these astonishing revelations are only the tip of the iceberg. Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future? Who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper?
All the while, Kaku illuminates the rigorous scientific principles, examining the rate at which certain technologies are likely to mature, how far they can advance, and what their ultimate limitations and hazards are. Synthesizing a vast amount of information to construct an exciting look at the years leading up to 2100, Physics of the Future is a thrilling, wondrous ride through the next 100 years of breathtaking scientific revolution.