"We wanted flying cars," complained Peter Thiel, "instead we got 140 characters." Have we stopped solving the big problems? It may seem so, says Irving Wladawsky-Berger in this article, but with the age of smart devices almost upon us, we may be in for more big changes soon. As Kevin Kelly says, "Everything that we formerly electrified we will now cognitize," he said. "There is almost nothing we can think of that cannot be made new, different, or interesting by infusing it with some extra IQ… This is a big deal, and now it's here." These enhancements break down into four major categories: monitoring, control, optimization and autonomy. I think I would add communication, coordination and cooperation, creating, effectively, products that work as teams.
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