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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tech Might Take Over a Lot of Human Functions -- Just Ask Intel Corp. Futurist

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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The job of Brian David Johnson -- a futurist with Intel Corp. -- is forecasting the way technology will evolve and be used several years from now so he and his team can launch meaningful discussions and action to steer it in a direction that's most beneficial to humans. This task seems ever more necessary given his vision for 2020. And that's because, by then, people might not be so, well, necessary.

"Algorithms will talk to algorithms, machines will talk to machines, and humans won't be involved," Johnson told Forbes. "When data takes on a life of its own, what will that do? How will we remember that, when that data comes back, it's ultimately meant for humans? It has to make our lives better. We can't forget that."

Johnson visits the Bay Area this week as part of the ongoing Future Fridays speaker series at Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center, a forum for thought leaders to let the rest of us know where we might be headed.

Johnson's appears at at 6 p.m. Friday (March 23) at th Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline (at Castle), Oakland. Admission is $23-$29.

Later speakers in the series include Lucasfilm sound designer Ben Burtt (April 20) and Bill Nye the Climate Guy (May 11).

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