Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 4th Apr 2006 02:09 UTC
Mac OS X "[...] This database stuff is clearly the next frontier. If we are ever going to have natural speech interfaces and virtual assistants that collect and display our information in more useful ways, the computer is going to need to know much more about how our files relate to each other and remember what we've done to them and who's done it. Moving all this organization to the system level instead of locking it up in separate applications that are then duplicated in a search index seems like the best way to get there."
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by sig33kde on Tue 4th Apr 2006 03:06 UTC
sig33kde
Member since:
2006-04-04

Personally I travel alot with my laptop, I am looking fwd to the day which GPS devices will be embedded into laptops for meta tagging information so that I can ask the computer to pull up all the files I worked on in DC or something. Would be quite usefull... and for the love of god, they need partial word matching in spotlight.

And I wonder (now that it seems most all the new intel macs have built in isights) how you could work a project like this:
http://www.no-more-blind-computer.com/
into the primary os? use your facial expressions and/or actions in front of the computer as ways to tag files. Like show me what I was working on when I was eating breakfast on tuesday? ... I know I am dreaming, but it'll happen someday I am sure.

BTW, I am not holding my breath for real voice recognition until another 5-7 years out.

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by ma_d on Tue 4th Apr 2006 04:36 in reply to "well...."
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

That would actually be cool.
Unlike certain steps BACKWARD like vocal interfaces. Don't get me wrong, voice recognition has its uses, and interfacing with your PC everyday is a bad one.

For your PDA though...

I can type faster than I can talk, as can many people, and I can edit a thousand time faster than I can say how to!

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by wahgnube on Tue 4th Apr 2006 04:39 in reply to "RE: well...."
wahgnube Member since:
2006-01-28

"I can type faster than I can talk, as can many people"

I am sure most people can talk faster than they can type.

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by Nathan on Tue 4th Apr 2006 06:10 in reply to "RE: well...."
Nathan Member since:
2006-01-10

Speaking of vocal interfaces, why is voice recognition seemingly going nowhere? Controlling my Media PC with a remote can be slow at times - I want a microphone mounted near the TV that picks up my instructions.

I dont want to wear a headset, I want arbitrary speech recognition (so I can say, say the name of a recorded television show I want to watch), and preferably no training ahead of time.

Sure I dont ask for much ;) But it seems there's been almost no progress in this area for desktop PC's.

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by BlackJack75 on Tue 4th Apr 2006 07:37 in reply to "well...."
BlackJack75 Member since:
2005-08-29

What's most likely to happen (already happening) is that mobile phones will be GPS enabled. And since they support bluetooth you should easily be able to connect your computer with them.

Other than that a phone-sized bluetooth GPS receiver now is less than 100$ on ebay an d you can use it with today's pcs. The most annyoing thing with GPS is that you have to be outside with a clear view to the sky for it to work. Well, it could record your last position before going dark.

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by aent on Tue 4th Apr 2006 08:03 in reply to "RE: well...."
aent Member since:
2006-01-25

Federal law in the US requires all phones to be GPS enabled and broadcast it when the phone is in emergency mode (911 dialed and no phone restart)

Its been in affect for 5 years or so, so everyone who gets new phones every 5 years or so should have GPS in their phones by now.

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RE: well....
by XcottCraver on Tue 4th Apr 2006 17:59 in reply to "well...."
XcottCraver Member since:
2006-03-23

I am looking fwd to the day which GPS devices will be embedded into laptops for meta tagging information so that I can ask the computer to pull up all the files I worked on in DC or something. Would be quite usefull... and for the love of god, they need partial word matching in spotlight.

Me, I'm looking forward to the day when my computer stops hanging. Having a fancy new way to access my files might save me time, but it can't save more time than I lose every day waiting for applications to respond, and sometimes relaunching them after a crash.

It's silly to spend programmers on new features when they could be fixing problems. Especially considering how much anger is produced by problems, and none by lack of new features; nobody hits their computer and curses because it is missing an integrated persistent object store.

Caj

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by helf on Tue 4th Apr 2006 19:18 in reply to "RE: well...."
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

pfft, I do that every day. ;)

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