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The today’s keynote was presented Justin Rattner, Director of Intel Corporate Technology Group, who shared his vision of the future platform with us. And I have to admit that he spoke with such passion that I got really carried away and enjoyed this presentation a lot.

He was very excited to get us all in front of the technology and to keep us and you, our readers, on the leading edge of it. The question asked was: what will the platforms be like in, say, 5 or 10 years from now? What kind of platforms will these be?

The answer is simple: these will be user aware platforms. But what does Intel actually mean by this?

What Is a User Aware Platform?

If you are a science fiction movie fan, then you probably can recall almost all the most illustrative examples of self-aware platforms. In most motion pictures or books, for instance, these “characters” very often got the main heroes into trouble. The issues of self awareness can be quite dangerous. Remember the Terminator movie? I believe everyone knows it well enough, but just in case let me remind you what the story is: Skynet virtual system comes online and gets out of human control. It is equipped with dreaded neural processors that begin to learn at a geometrically growing rate. Skynet becomes self aware and attempts to destroy human race. Remember now?

And this is not the only example we can actually bring here. The notion of turning against the user is a fundamental plot line in lots of movies and books. But it actually doesn’t have to be like this.

Some of you may have seen the Forbidden Planet. And to everybody’s surprise Justin Rattner introduced to the public the Robby:

He was a wonderful friend and a selflessly obedient servant. He cared more about users than about himself. And he was a great example of a self aware robotic system.

Unfortunately today’s systems are still quite far from sophistications of the robots like this guy.

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