At Intel Developer Forum, the chip giant charted a roadmap in which it strives to reach "all of humanity." Take a look at the technologies, from voice to touch, that Intel's taking along for the ride.
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Intel's ambition to impact everyone on Earth stems not only from the Internet of Things or better processors, but also from what Perlmutter called "perceptual computing"--linked devices that can sense environmental data and learn from it, perhaps to the extent that users can interact with the machines in the same casual way they react with other humans.
Perlmutter remarked that his daughter knows the difference between various finger movements, but that his "computer has no clue--yet." Future machines won't have this problem, and other capabilities--such as facial recognition--aren't far off.
"To ignite the industry," Intel is initiating a perceptual computing contest, Perlmutter said. Collaboration, he said, "creates less decay," referring to the technological starts and stops often engendered by competing standards and disagreement. The chance to avoid such delays "is what working with the industry really means," he remarked.
The contest will go live in the fourth quarter, and Intel will release an SDK for would-be competitors. The prize will be $1 million in awards and promotions.
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