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Intel Continues to Share its Vision of Tomorrow's Technology

By , Andrea Ferrario - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Intel shows off the future.

About a year ago, we learned that Intel had hired science fiction writers to help the world's largest chipmaker come up with what sort of technologies we'll be using tomorrow and beyond. Fittingly, Intel calls this The Tomorrow Project.

Spearheading Intel's campaign to see into the future is resident futurist (and "future caster") Brian David Johnson. According to Intel, his mission is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. To accomplish this, he's using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing.

Now a year later, Intel's showing off at IDF that it is still pursuing tomorrow. Andrea Ferrario, one of our editors from Tom's Hardware Italy, was on hand to capture the latest developments in this innovative effort.

Below is the initial conversation session. It's a long one, so make that popcorn first.

IDF 2012 - The Tomorrow Project

The next three are demonstrations of future software technologies. As they are from our Italian team, they were titled for their readership, but the contents is completely in English. We apologize for the noisiness in the videos.

IDF 2012 - Hassle Free Meeting

IDF 2012 - Social Group Recommendation Systems

IDF 2012 - Intelligent Communication Across Platforms

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    master_chen , September 13, 2012 5:27 PM
    OH. MY. GOD.

    That's why I love Intel.
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    a1b2c3 , September 13, 2012 5:47 PM
    They're not sitting on their laurels.
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    DroKing , September 13, 2012 6:09 PM
    Intel will go stale again. Just wait 20 years when I will be 44 years old mmm.
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    noblerabbit , September 13, 2012 6:20 PM
    will anyone ever wake me up when iThink (brainwave ~ mind activated copy/paste/keyboard shortcut) products are mainstream, until then, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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    punahou1 , September 13, 2012 6:26 PM
    Hassle Free Meeting - are they serious? My company developed that technology back in the 90's. Back then it was software based. In 2001 it became a web app. In 2008 it became a mobile app. The guy's interface in the video looks like an exact ripoff....
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    Chairman Ray , September 13, 2012 7:23 PM
    Very impressive by Intel
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    JamesSneed , September 13, 2012 7:31 PM
    Intel will go stale again. Just wait 20 years when I will be 44 years old mmm.

    Duh, it says so right on the chips package. Best when used by September 2032.
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    DRosencraft , September 13, 2012 7:35 PM
    It may look nice, but it's still to be seen if they actually pursue or deliver on all of this with full force. This is not unlike the old World Fairs or automaker's concept cars. They take actual ideas they have intent to pursue, but are then overcome by immediate concerns or real-time issues. It looks good, but let's not get all pie-in-the-sky crazy about anything until they start delivering these ideas in a meaningful way.
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    rohitbaran , September 13, 2012 11:37 PM
    One problem I see with this tech is that some of it could be seen by some people as infringing upon their privacy. The last video is that kind. Of course, it can be limited that what kind of information other users can have about you through your devices, but there could be 'oops!' moments.
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    cucotx , September 14, 2012 1:02 AM
    "Intel will go stale again. Just wait 20 years when I will be 44 years old mmm."

    Heck, I'll be dead in 20 years. :-(
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2012 2:25 AM
    Intel will not be as great a factor as they are today, they are really just about selling their little squares of silicon, great hardware but sub par graphics driver software. Do You expect computer OEMs will ever make use of the Intel CPUs full features when computer OEMs are all about making computers designed to be oboslete as soon as possable. Most computer OEMs could care less about taking advantage of any new Intel processors full abilities, they are about selling more units and making more $$$.
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    proffet , September 16, 2012 5:08 PM
    let me be the first to mention that we also need AMD to do better than what it currently is now.
    Intel cannot widen the gap anymore or it will be detrimental to all of the consumers.
    a world without competition and options will lead to a slow death for us all.
    Intel has the money and resources to do what they want how they want.
    AMD is not even in the rear-view mirror currently except for APU technology.
    I wish you competitive success AMD, we will need you.

    back to article:
    Intel - where do I send my resume' and I actually had popcorn made before I found article
    it's football time... LoL