I like it when the future catches up with you.
In 2000 I read a science fiction novel by Greg Bear called Slant, and my jaw hit the floor. Why? Because it was a story that was spookily aligned to a new venture that I and others had instigated just six months before—and Slant was first published in 1997.
The wow moment came about because I could suddenly see where it could all go – Greg Bear was already painting the end game of what I took to be the start of something new. Continue reading
With the release of the Apple Watch came the announcement that the data it gathers will be handed over to IBM for analysis by its Watson supercomputer, the anonymized data seemingly to be crunched to generate a clinical output useful to the medical professions and insurers.
That such data, from such devices, be gathered and used in some manner such as this is in itself not surprising—indeed it was predictable. But where is it all going?
Well, your wrist isn’t going to be enough, that’s for sure. It offers a fair amount—heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure and location all being straightforward—but it is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the real prize on offer.