3 IndeedYour mom’s iPhone is more powerful than the NASA computers that sent the astronauts to the moon.Computers get faster every year, and they get faster by more every year, due to exponential growth.
4 More than faster, more Once, computers could only produce numbers Now, they see with video cameras and can understand the human voice to:Recognize facesRead your chicken-scratch handwritingTicket your parents for running a red lightHave a conversation
5 Turing test: When is a computer intelligent? When you can’t tell the difference between a human and a computer (via a text terminal), you know the computer is smartSiri: the first mass-market voice interfaceChat bot (annoying)Chat bots talk to each other (hilarious)
6 Watson on Jeopardy!Watson from IBM does better than humans at the game of Jeopardy!Austin news coverageMore of Watson in actionWatson answers questionsNext application is health care
7 Kid Size championship, Mexico City RoboCup: build a robot soccer team by 2050 that can beat the human World Cup championsKid Size championship, Mexico CityUT wins Standard Platform!Watching robots play reminds me of coaching kindergarten soccer
8 Walking robots: walking is actually controlled falling BigDog: useful, disconcerting, walking robotAsimo can run!Running requires having both feet off the ground at some point in the gait
9 Kiva warehouse robotsAnother step in the evolution towards an automated workforceGetting goods off the shelf for packing is notoriously labor intensiveKiva CompanyHistory channelWhat happens to society when no one works, and therefore no one has money to buy goods?Robotic Nation,
10 We are now cyborgsOur smart phones contain everything that humans knowWe no longer need to memorize anythingPeople don’t get lost anymore because navigation has been offloaded to the smart phoneGoogle GlassParody with ads:
11 Cyber warOur computer systems are so complex that no one knows everything about how they workIf the internet went down, food would not make it to grocery stores or restaurantsIf they wanted to, foreign governments could shut down our electricity gridAmerica the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare, Brenner, 2011.
12 Robot warThe Onion is not real but is often close enough.
13 Self-driving cars Imagine how many jobs will be lost.
14 3D PrintingImage Credit: Creative Tools/Flickr (featured, banner)
15 The Singularity Computers get smarter every year They are quickly catching up to usWhat happens when they pass us?No one knows, it’s called The SingularityKurzweil guesses this will happen in 2045When you are about my ageTo me, The Singularity seems both impossible and inevitable
16 In this new world, you can be a creator or a consumer
17 There is a convergence between the physical and the virtual
18 GIMP is a free photo editing tool People used to say that “pictures don’t lie”Now we see pictures as just a bunch of dots called pixels, and they can be anythingDownload GIMPMany tutorials online
19 Even the shapes of letters themselves can be made on a computer
20 Type light is a free font editor You can create your own font and use it in homework assignments or on your web siteDownload Type light
21 Programming and incantations Learning to program allows you to:Use the power of computation, like a sorcerer uses spellsUnderstand what computing is and what it can doWhen it comes to sorcery, it’s hard to beat PythonThere are Python books here at this library
22 Learning to code You can use Khan Academy computer science What it uses underneath is something called processing. See this cool video, the first part of which is about ProcessingYou can download processing directly hereThis is a great tutorial on how to get Khan academy code to run in your browserAlso, Code Academy (but it is a little buggy)
23 API calls: computers talking to computers Call to Facebook to search for posts about tacos.Such calls can be made directly in Python.
24 Tigers won’t eat you, but there are new concerns
25 Privacy and security Advertisers track you as you move around the web Unfamiliar websites often have malwareCan drain your parents’ bank account,So stay out of dark cornersStatements made on Facebook and such can still be visible years later to anyoneRemember that when you are angry
26 Get out in the sunshineOur brains are not designed to stare at a screen all dayWe get smarter by:Taking in new informationMulling it over and making connections with other things we already knowIf you are always tied to the web, you never make it to step 2Your brain needs down time to process information