Skip to comments.AMD bangs on about surround computing
Posted on 08/29/2012 10:15:07 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Get your seams behind you
Surround computing is apparently an extension of pervasive and ambient computing trends no less. It is when computing technologies are a completely natural and seamless part of daily life. Papermaster is proof of it, we can't see any seams on him at all, but that might be the idea.
Talking at the Hot Chips conference, Papermaster said that surround computing imagines a world without keyboards or mice, where natural user interfaces based on voice and facial recognition redefine the PC experience, and where the cloud and clients collaborate to synthesise exabytes of image and natural language data. He said that the ultimate goal is to create devices that deliver intelligent, relevant, contextual insight and value that improves consumers everyday life in real time through a variety of futuristic applications.
Papermaster claimed that AMD was leading the quest for devices that understand and anticipate users needs, are driven by natural user interfaces, and that disappear seamlessly into the background. In other words if you want to know where Papermaster's seams are you should look in the background. He said that the glorious new era will rely on robust plug-and-play IP portfolios including central processing units (CPUs), graphics processing units (GPUs), fixed function logic, and interconnect fabric.
He also unveiled key details of AMDs upcoming Steamroller CPU architecture while underscoring the benefits of the industry-standard Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) that enables software developers to easily assign scalar and parallel compute workloads to the most appropriate compute units, and therefore optimise power.
He said that the road that leads AMD to the Surround Computing Era will be no less challenging and every bit as exciting as the 20-year journey in graphics processing that brought gamers from Pong to todays modern game titles that feature stunning visual realism.
It will take an industry movement to complete this journey, and HSA provides the clear path forward to enable this next generation in computing, he said.
In twenty years we won’t be able to figure out how we got along without it...
I am no more enamored with the mindless “whole world system connected” Utopia, than any other Utopia.
When a wise philosopher said that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutley” (or words to that affect) he may have been talking of only one sphere of human life, but it is completely applicable to any and all.
There will be nothing great, except to the Google’s of the world, about a single seamless “computer” that not only makes it possible to talk to other people with computers, but has all your stuff and everyone else’s stuff on it as well.
Individuality, not being part of the crowd, and not being the mere commodity for the business model of the one-world computer system is part of human nature. Living like ants on an ant farm, even in the virtual sense is not. It will fail, just as “time-sharing” for computer processing time failed in the 1980s.
Everyone wants their own home, not an apartment. It’s true for our own info and data as well.
But Comrade, only reactionary Enemies of the State refuse to be part of the Collective. We are the Borg — resistance is futile, you WILL be assimilated.
I had a similar reaction to this...
"Talking at the Hot Chips conference, Papermaster said that surround computing imagines a world without keyboards or mice, where natural user interfaces based on voice and facial recognition redefine the PC experience, and where the cloud and clients collaborate to synthesise exabytes of image and natural language data. He said that the ultimate goal is to create devices that deliver intelligent, relevant, contextual insight and value that improves consumers everyday life in real time through a variety of futuristic applications."It creeps me out, as did a YouTube video someone recommended to me last year called "A Day Made of Glass...Made Possible by Corning"
While I certainly appreciate creativity, innovation and technical advances, I find both futures to be soulless. Both are missing the need for humans to physically interact with other humans.
The business model of Google, and all “web” industrial elements like it is - you are the commodity, not the client.
It is you who is being “sold” to those seeking to make themselves known to you, for their $$$ interest they want to sell to you.
Their means is - in the one-world-super-computer theme - to know every infintesimal bit and byte that is possible to know about you, so the Utopian sense of the all knowing world-wide super computer can be sure to “match you” only with what it knows is an interest of yours; cause it’s even smarter than you in knowing that.
There was a guy on TED some months ago, a well known tech guru.
He was explaining how for you or I or the next person there no longer is a “world wide web” - it’s not in our search results.
The data they think they know and the search algorithms already limit us to “your world wide web”, “my world wide web”, “his world wide web”, etc, etc., but not “the” world wide web.
And the cloud, and “surrround computing?
There is too much about you that is still not connected to the world wide super computer, and too many world wide clients you - the commodity - need to be sold to, or the business model of it all will not work.
That’s what the technology push about it is all about.
Technology itself has become another “ism” another Utopian “ism” just like Marxism, with the near same premise - eliminate the human as an individual, turn the human into a commodity where intelligennce far greaster than the human figures everything out for the human, takes care of not only supplying the human’s needs, but identifying them as well - that’s all that’s wrong with the world.