Tagware Crew goes to Future Decoded at Excel – Machine Intelligence

Which, brings you into what Machine Intelligence is all about. Where it is impossible for a human brain to have sufficient resource to look at these data sets. Due to the boredom level increasing by the hour. The computers are starting to be able to look for specific traits and adapt the code to suit. Within, the Microsoft Research session we were also introduced to APIs from Project Oxford that can now be used for facial recognition and emotion recognition.

Now, this is not the real AI. We are not in the Terminator level of control quite yet. But, I believe we are starting to get to the HAL level in the epic film 2001 space odyssey (1968). So, you already have Microsoft’s Cortana and Apples Siri and Google API Option. Perhaps, not quite as evil as HAL turns out. Give them time. They are trying to build up trust here. :o)


This film probably kicked me into computers in the first place!

But, the holding a conversation and controlling the day to day elements of the space ship is well within the grasp of the system. One of the things that people forget with NASA projects. Is that they have to jump at a technology at one point that will turn out to be many years behind. When they actually get to launch the project several years later. Think about it for a second. They have to choose now what they will be using in 10 years time. Think back 10 years on what has changed in that time alone.

The other point. Which, starts to make your mind go ouch. Is that the exponential growth that can occur.

For an example. The GENOME project. This is where they were trying to break down the human D.N.A. In 2001, the first year they had got to 1% of the chain had been completed. Numerous people said that the project team should give up. You only have 7 years of funding and you have only reached 1% in this year alone. You not going to make it by year 7. However, because of the exponential growth, they reach the goal in 6.5 years!

Now you heard of More’s Law. Where computing power doubles every 18 months! Yep, that small problem using the current set of CPU would have taken less than 1.5 years! Scary in one sense and truly wonderful in another.

However, getting back to the show. Kevin Ashton made some predictions as listed below;

  • You will own a self-driving car by 2030
    Your great-grandchildren will have a 3-digit life expectancy
    We will discover extra-terrestrial life in this century
    Within the next 100 years, a human being will be born on another planet
    By the end of the 22nd century, most people will be vegetarian
    We will survive climate change
    Within 20 years most computers will power themselves – this is the IoT prediction

His point was making the predictions was easy! Actually, believing them was the hard bit. He pointed out that it didn’t matter if he got the “Climate Change” one wrong. As there probably wouldn’t be anyone in the room to say “told you so!” when it didn’t happen.

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Tagware Crew goes to Future Decoded at Excel UK.

Well, what did we find?

First of all. Microsoft invited us back after last year’s event! So, we must have been on best behaviour last year.

This year they invited us to download a purpose written APP to help in guiding us around the event without issue. As you might expect. There were a few teething troubles with some folk saying that they couldn’t log in and the APP thing crashing everywhere. Hey, what did you expect? It’s Microsoft after all. I can hear you say!

Well no it wasn’t. It was a crew that was contacted by our Microsoft friends to clean up the entry to the event after a busy entrance last year. In truth, I think Microsoft events, was behind the curve last year and got caught by the sheer numbers that turn up.

However, I can report that this year’s event was back to it’s normal USA style efficiency in checking people into the event. They also carefully reminded everyone to bring the 5 digit code. So, that most of the process was complete by us. This surprisingly works out really well. As we were all technical bods anyway! I did help out by wearing one of our sweatshirts that have ‘TAGWARE’ embroidered on the front. I have saved you from looking at the picture of me wearing it. Are you grateful?

The only issue that Dawson quite rightly pointed out. The app wanted to suck up all of the contact information from our phone contact list. Which, would normally be ‘Commercial in Confident’ level of information? Bad Microsoft! However, if you use Windows 10, then, there is nothing that is off limits. However, that’s for another post.

So, Dawson and I swan into this large hall where we learnt about Microsoft’s new ideas. I believe that most of the speakers at the event have video’s which can be viewed at However, for those that like to read the overview, it’s here.

Well the most informative session of that morning to me was the COW mission. Yep, I can hear you now saying “what do Cows have to do with technology”?

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