As a technology journalist, I was among the hundreds of people invited from all around the world.
At this ambitious event we got some insights into Intel's multi-million dollar R&D projects and had the chance to discuss coming trends in new technologies that will soon shape our daily lives.
This post includes my notes from speeches at the event. In another post to follow, I will share details about the projects Intel has put great efforts into developing.
JUSTIN RATTNER - Chief technology officer, Intel Corp.
. This year, our research showcase has been organized into four categories:
. Enriching lives: Personalized shopping and cognitive workload
. Intelligent everything: Technologies that enable connected vehicle safety and sustainable, connected cities
. Data society: Better ways to discover digital relationships and build vibrant data communities
. Technology essentials: Quality data streaming, direct compressed execution and protecting sensor data to prevent malicious attacks on personal information
. Two years ago we introduced Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTC) and Intel Collaboration Research Institution (ICRI).
. ISTCis a $100-million budget program that breaks barriers to US university collaboration. We're forming research communities.
. The sixth and newest ICRIis located in China. This institution is focused on telecommunications, infrastructure and services.
. Stanford University is the hub of research universities.
. We have developed a “smart headlights technology” integrated into a vehicle driving through the snow that can save up to 800,000 accidents and 3,000 fatalities per year.
STEVE BROWN - Intel futurist and chief evangelist
. As a futurist at Intel, it is my duty to understand where is technology heading in five, 10 or 15 years.
. The technology is moving so fast, but we have barriers and people's experiences to overcome.
. Technologically, it will be possible to have a self-driving car in five years but there will be other liabilities such as legal and financial issues.
. We also need to understand people's experiences. What do people really want from technology? In order to understand that we make 250,000 interviews per year all around the world.
. Human needs and wants: Get things done, wellness, learn and grow, be entertained, feel connected, creativity
. People don't pay for the chips and computers. They pay for what those devices make them feel.
. We love to create beautiful images of the future where everyone is happy in a high-fashion way. But this is an artificial image. Understanding the reality of the world conditions helps us to build better technologies to enrich people's lives.
. From technology, people want to be understood, be meaningful, be expressive and be free.
. What if we could make “you” a password and free you from your devices?
The Data Society
MARIA BEZAITIS - Intel principal engineer
. What I find most compelling about the digital world that we're in today is that more than ever it's become not just acceptable but indeed it's become desirable to do things with people we don't know at all, to do things with “perfect strangers.”
. The developing data society isn't just about what we do and how we do it, it's a shift in who we do things with. We do much more things with people that we don't know!
. We learn things from people we don't know.
. Three points to prove my theory:
1. People are sleeping at the homes of people they don't know. AirBNBis a perfect example.
2. People are borrowing people's cars that they don't know.
3. Women are video streaming their dates that they're on and getting feedback on how to behave.
JENNIFER HEALEY - Intel research scientist
. The next age will be the age of intelligent connected things. Intelligence will be embodied in the things that surround us.
. Billions of intelligent things will be connected to the Internet in their own way.
. Sometimes we might think that our computers don't like us, but the problem is not that they are too intelligent, the problem is that they are not intelligent enough and they don't understand us.
. This is going to be a very big problem when we'll need to deal with hundreds of them every day.
. It doesn't make sense to have one monolithic “Internet of things,” we're going to have an intelligent intranet of things. What we're going to need is intelligent systems frameworks that work within with each type of these intranets.
. I don't want my alarm clock to download my entire financial history, that is oversharing!
. We need a personal data ecosystem, something that communicates with my cloud of vibrant data: my network.
Reinventing computing with Intel
ADAM KING - Director, Notebook Product Marketing at Intel Corp.
. The future of computing is mobile.
. A new trend of computers is on the rise: ultrabook 2-in-1.
. Ultrabook 2-in-1 is a portable device that can switch between tablet and ultrabook by severing the keyboard from the display.
. Almost every ultrabook 2-in-1 with a fourth-generation Intel processor will have various capabilities such as touch screen, wireless display, voice assistance, stylus, NFC tap to play (MasterPass wallet), high-resolution display, gesture and facial recognition.
. With the advancements in facial-recognition technologies, we will not need to memorize tens of different passwords. Our face, our voice, our gestures will be our own password.
“Bringing Human-Like Senses to Computing”
ANIL NANDURI - Director, Perceptual Computing Products and Solutions
. Given the recent innovations in computer technology, developing computers with human-like senses -- the ability to see, hear and feel -- is now within our reach.
. Perceptual computing means bringing human-like senses to computers. It uses gesture recognition, eye tracking, voice and face recognition.
. Perceptual computing can be summarized in three words: It is “natural, intuitive (no need to user manual) and immersive.”
. Intel is allocating a $100 million fund for perceptual computing. In addition Intel is distributing $1 million in prizes to developers as part of the Intel Perceptual Computing Challange.
. It took us three decades for us to come to touch displays from mouse and keyboard, so it will definitely take time to implement perceptual computing for end users.
. If you don't dream, dreams can't be reality.