Did you think we were done with tech events and you could just cruise on until Black Friday and the holidays? On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Microsoft is holding a big product announcement in New York City. Ahead of the big day, here's the cornucopia of hardware and software spanning new Surface devices, Windows 10, Hololens and maybe Xbox that we're expecting to hear about. SEE ALSO: Microsoft made speech recognition software that's as accurate as humans Looking back, Microsoft really delivered big time last year. Mostly a hardware showcase, CEO Satya Nadella and co. announced the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and 950 XL Windows 10 Mobile phones, and the surprise Surface Book.
ROOBO, a fast-growing hardware and AI startup headquartered in Beijing, today unveiled a prototype of its newest product, a "pet robot" called Domgy. For the unfamiliar, ROOBO is the company behind Pudding, a voice-controlled, educational robot for kids. Pudding is used to teach kids vocabulary, geography, jokes and more. The company also makes the Idealens virtual reality headset, Skyseries drone and Runbone earbuds. Since its founding in 2014, ROOBO has grown to 300 employees, with 7 worldwide offices, including one in Seattle.
A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry. At the recent Code Conference, Jeff Bezos made a rather provocative statement when he said that when we talk about technology, we are on "the edge of a golden era." When it comes to artificial intelligence, Bezos said, "It's probably hard to overstate how big of an impact it's going to have on society over the next 20 years." He also said that Amazon has 1,000 people working on its Alexa platform, which powers the company's popular voice-controlled Echo device. Of course, Bezos is hardly alone with this line of thinking about artificial intelligence and its impact.
"The Next Voice You Hear Will Be Your Own" – Jackson Browne You know how things can sneak up on you, particularly trends. There are dribs and drabs and all of a sudden a swirling tornado of evidence that something is happening? I have had that experience these last few weeks with a realization that the phenomenon of voice will likely be the next meaningful user interface in healthcare. We may all be excited by man-made artifacts like artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), 3D, and a multiplicity of other two-letter acronyms that spring from the minds of engineers, but the natural human thing that is our voice may well be the most interesting 200,000-year overnight sensation to bring meaning to medicine. I remember back as far as college, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and iPhones were just a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye, that I took part in some student experiments about voice recognition technology that were largely absurd in their lack of utility.