by Gerald Boerner

Way back when I was enthralled with Apple’s innovations, they brought out a great video extolling the virtues of Alan Kay’s Dynabook, an intelligent tablet computer with a virtual assistant that would keep track of appointments, when to teach classes, what topics need to be prepared for future classes, and even initiate phone calls. At the time, we all thought that such a device was just a twinkle in Kay’s eye, not something that could become a reality.

Well, with Apple’s most recent acquisition, we are finding out that reality may be close at hand… Check out the article at: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/04/28/siri-acquisition-brings-apple-much-closer-to-the-knowledge-navigator-concept/

    

Siri Acquisition Brings Apple Much Closer to the ‘Knowledge Navigator’ Concept – Mac Rumors 
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knavigator In 1987, Apple produced a concept video demonstrating a future computer called the Knowledge Navigator. The tablet-like device offered the user a natural language interface, video conferencing, multIn 1987, Apple produced a concept video demonstrating a future computer called the Knowledge Navigator. The tablet-like device offered the user a natural language interface, video conferencing, multi-touch display and access to a global network of information.

While seemingly the product of an overactive imagination, Apple’s recent acquisition of Siri brings Apple a lot closer to that vision than ever before. Siri reportedly was born from the CALO artificial intelligence project which sought to fulfill a call for a "a cognitive computer system should be able to learn from its experience, as well as by being advised."