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Apple Co-Founder Outlines 'human' Computer Vision


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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaking at the European Business Network's annual conference.

Credit: E&T magazine

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak envisions a future human-like computer that enables one-on-one teaching, and he recently detailed that vision at the European Business Network's annual conference.

"We are moving closer to where a computer is like a person and we can have normal conversations with it," Wozniak says. "A computer is an awful cheap teacher, it has to get more human in its characteristics; anything another human being can understand is what I want my phone to understand."

Wozniak says computers are becoming more human-like in their ability to solve complex problems, pointing out that "we did not invent the Internet to be a brain, we stumbled on it by accident."

Wozniak also projects that mobile devices will become increasingly human-like in the next several decades. He notes this process has been going on for years, with people "lifting" data into virtual trash cans on desktops and using mouses designed to emulate the two-dimensional human experience.

Wozniak cites foldable light-emitting diode displays as a key objective for many years, and his desire to see a glowing globe to zoom into for Google Earth-type apps. He also says people are becoming increasingly drawn to wearable technology such as Google glasses.

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