Douglas Engelbart, who invented the graphical user interface, the mouse, and a score of other pioneering computing tools, has passed away.
For decades, “artificial intelligence” was a long-sought-after ideal in computing circles. Now it’s finally starting to become real — just not in the way anyone expected.
Apple bought some very cool “virtual assistant” technology — Siri’s speech-to-text system — back in early 2010. This technology allowed users to ask for places to eat using normal spoken words and receive recommendations within a very short time.