The Future of Clocks
As we forward ourselves into the year 2025, it is reasonable to imagine that the world of technology has advanced by a great deal. Kip p. Nygren wrote in his journal article (as cited in Emerging Technologies and Exponential Change) stating that “Revolutionary technological change on an exponentially growing scale is already here.” I believe in the future clocks will no longer be just a simple tool in contrast it will have much more functions and utilities then just telling people time. In addition, the clocks will be all digitalized, therefore it can have any size the user desires, this way, people can install the clocks anywhere they want. Lastly and most importantly, in the future, although the clocks have powerful functions, the cost of clocks will be reduced significantly so that anyone can purchase a clock.
First of all, I would like to name my technology ‘AITD” which stands for Artificial Intelligence Timing Device. As you can tell from its name, I have integrated computerize intelligence in my clock.
Decades ago, a technology was developed called voice input recognition system in 1936 by AT&T’s Bell lab. (Ted Maher, 2008) it records the user’s voice and matches for similar term in the data base. Today, many cell phones, business call center or government lines use this technology. For instance, the student loan center has an option for the users to voice input their Social Insurance Number. After the user read his or her number to the phone, the computer will automatically record the numbers and search through the relevant information in its data base. However, this voice input is not fully developed; very often the computer cannot accurately identify the users’ input. As time shift towards 2025, the voice input technology will get perfected; the computers will be able to identify accurately what the users are saying. Furthermore, the voice input recognition will have a new function which is automatic language translation, therefore people could talk in different languages and the computer will still be able to recognize the input.
Another technology that will be developed will call ‘Eye Scanner Security System” also known as “Amsterdam (6/17/02) – Security systems” What it does is that it “scan the iris of your eye and store the patterns into the system’s database. These systems take advantage of random variations in the visible features the iris, the colored ring around the pupil. After a person has his iris scanned once, a unique file is placed in a database. Subsequently, the person simply looks at a suitably equipped camera that scans and checks the iris in little more than one second.” (The Eyes Have It, Sean Henahan, 2002) Today, these technologies are only used in airport, government buildings, or military bases, which means it is very expensive and not commonly spread. In addition, this eye scanner requires the person to voluntarily go to the device and take a look into the device in order to verify the data. Therefore it is very time consuming and inefficient. As we move onto the year 2025, this technology will be developed much more, it will be able to scan people’s iris with an automatic focus aimer so that it can scan anyone who enters the room accurately.
For my technology AITD, it will utilize both of the technologies described above so that the clocks serve more functions and make people’s lives much easier and secure. First of all, the device will be able to record people’s voice input and remind people of when their schedules are near. For example, The user comes home on Monday and he has a meeting on Wednesday at 12:00pm, march 31, 2025, what he will do is simply activate the voice input function by saying “voice input activate”, then the clock will start recognize the user’s input, and the user can just say, “meeting on Wednesday at 12pm, march 31, 2025.” And the clock will automatically save the schedule and remind the user on Wednesday repeated times. The second function my device has is the Eye Scanner security system, it will scan the iris of anyone who enters the room and store the data. This way it will enhance the security of homes, public buildings, and etc and reduce the criminal rate significantly. For example, a thief broke into a house and stole other people’s property, but he is very smart so he wore gloves to prevent leaving anything figure prints at the scene. After he left, the police can retrieve the data store in the clock and look for iris that match up with the government system. Because the iris consists largely of a system of muscle that expands and contracts the pupil in response to changing lighting conditions, the details of each iris are unique, that is, no two are exactly alike.(New Delhi, 2010) As a result the thief is caught within a few days.
In my previous post, I stated that “with the invention of clock people are able to manage the time and plan out the whole day’s activities.” With my new AITD, people can plan out a whole week’s activities or even the entire month. In addition, my Eye Scan security function will revolutionize the traditional definition of clocks. Lastly, in the past, clocks only serves as a tool that let people keep track of time; therefore I feel it is necessary to make this technology serve more purposes. Adding to that, the AITD is very environmentally friendly because my clock is a combination of three different products, therefore fewer materials are needed to make same amount of functional product.
Kip P. Nygren (2002) Emerging Technologies and Exponential Change
New Delhi (2010) UID authority clears air on cost of iris scan May 06.2010 From http://www.hindustantimes.com/UID-authority-clears-air-on-cost-of-iris-scan/Article1-539930.aspx
Ted Maher (2006) Speech Recognition Software and Medical Transcription History. March 15, 2006 from http://www.dragon-medical-transcription.com/historyspeechrecognitiontimeline.html
Sean Henahan (2002) The Eyes Have It. From http://www.accessexcellence.org/WN/SU/irisscan.php