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Robert Scoble – The Age of Context

You committed to wearing something like Google Glass for the rest of your life. Imagine we’re 10 to 20 years into the future. The bugs are worked out, it has reached a critical mass in terms of adoption, and we have an amazing Glass Apps eco-system. What is the experience like and how does Glass potentially interact with other technology, whether it’s wearable, in our cars, the office, stores, smart homes, etc.?

Well, in 15 years we are going to have self-driving cars. I say, more accurately, I’m going to have a piece of a self-driving car because I probably won’t need to own one. Instead, I will probably just own a piece of a fleet of self- driving cars. When I need one I’ll just talk to my Glass or whatever I have on my head and say, “OK, Glass, I need a car in 15 minutes. Take me to work.”

And by the way, I probably won’t even need to do that because it will know that I need to go to work and just be there waiting for me because it knows my calendar and behaviors. It will know that it is Monday morning at 9:15 and 90% of the time by 9:30 I go to work. And so, it might even communicate with me, “Are you going to work today because there is a bus strike?” “No, I am going to stay home because I moved all my calendar.”

It will know that I need to go to work and just be there waiting for me because it knows my calendar and behaviors. It will know that it is Monday morning at 9:15 and 90% of the time by 9:30 I go to work. And so, it might even communicate with me, “Are you going to work today because there is a bus strike?” “No, I am going to stay home because I moved all my calendar.”

It’s going to be an interesting world 15 years from now. The prototypes I’ve seen inside research labs of wearable computers have much sharper screens, much deeper augmented reality than Google Glass has, with much better sensors and cameras. They are also working a lot harder to make voice recognition more accurate.

Today, if you say a place name, sometimes Glass gets it right, and sometimes it doesn’t. Right now, Google Glass forces you to go back to your phone, let’s say 40% of the time you put in an address. Ten years from now, that won’t be true. You will be able to correct and spell it out without going back to your phone.

Today, if you ask Glass, “Where’s the best coffee shop in Half Moon Bay?” it doesn’t really have an answer. You can sort of hack an answer but it doesn’t have an answer to those types of questions. Ten years from now, it will certainly have an answer. Ten years from now, you will walk into the Ritz and they will also have wearables. The staff is going to know I’m coming and they’ll go, “Hey Robert, your margarita is ready at the bar and say hi to Joe.” Today, they have no clue about who I am and what I drink, and therefore—etc, etc.

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Robert Scoble – Startup Liason Officer, Rackspace

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Robert Scoble travels the world looking for what’s happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace’s startup program. He’s interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books (most recently “The Age of Context,” a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel), YouTube, and many social media sites where he’s followed by millions of people.

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