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Vance McAlister
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Marilyn and I took a long weekend to head to Yosemite. Mostly sunny weather, nice hikes and tried out the heated tent cabins for the first time. Going to book again next year right now!
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+Michael Webber I think those are great ideas. With my wife, it is always tempting to just stay in the Valley, whereas my dad and I would venture all over. I think she can handle it now!
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Good day so far. 
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Can I take credit for the term "ambient computing"? :0)
Here is an old post of mine entitled "Star Trek, the Nest and Ambient Computing", from a couple of years ago describing what is very much like Google's new Google Home (but mistakenly thinking the Nest could be integrated). What do you say, +Yonatan Zunger ? :0)
 
Star Trek, the Nest and Ambient Computing

In a Slate interview from April 2013,  a Google engineer said “The destiny of [Google’s search engine] is to become that Star Trek computer, and that’s what we are building.” An ambient, ever-present computer able to answer your questions, allow control over your home, provide you with relevant data, eventually make tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

So, what would this require? In order to converse with an ambient computer (to coin a phrase), you will need speakers and microphones in every room. The Nest Protect IS a speaker, and it already talks to you in a pleasant voice.  Add a microphone with the new Motorola passive listening (also Google-owned) in every wall-mounted device, hook that up to Google Voice Search and you have something already very close to the Star Trek computer.  It can hear you and speak to you wherever you wander through your house. I suggest the Nest purchase was simply part of the process of achieving what Slate called their "Single, towering obsession."

Next, you start adding "Things" components and IFTTT-like customizations.  The thermostat and smoke alarm are already there.  You add the stove ("Computer: preheat stove to 375"), the security system ("Computer: I am going to bed" which locks all the doors, and turns out all the lights), the entertainment system ("Computer: play the next episode of Sherlock on Plex in my living room" or "play Beethoven's 6th" either through a Sonos, or those very speakers) and, of course, your communication ("Computer: tell Marilyn to pick up some milk on the way home"). Eventually 3D printers/replicators? Sexy Scarlet Johanson voice from "Her" is optional. 

Here is that Slate article: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/04/google_has_a_single_towering_obsession_it_wants_to_build_the_star_trek_computer.single.html

#nest   #startrek   #google  
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+Yonatan Zunger ah, true. sigh
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Morning walk. 
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You've inspired me. I'm going for a walk in a beautiful area near where I live and will take a selfie.
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Saying hello during my morning walk!
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+Vance McAlister​ that's beautiful. Wish Toronto had varieties of area like California. 
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Evening walks in a farming area can be interesting.
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Nice symmetry. 
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Last shot on the way out of the park. El Capitan and Bridal Veil Falls in one panorama. 
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Morning walk before the morning hike. 
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Perfect and timely for this less fortunate one. Thanks.
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I agree with you in terms of appearance, but it's great for sports lovers taking a sauna break and not wanting to miss a game (especially with modern closed captioning).
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My daughter showed us her workplace last weekend. Disneyland is not bad for a college job!
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Weird synchronicity at Disneyland. 
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Haha cool. It does kinda look like you're standing in a garden behind 😀
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Sometimes a daily walk location in town is as nice as out in the country. 
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