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Sherry Young: From Dick Tracy to artificial intelligence how the future is fast becoming our reality


Oct 10, 2018 11:30 PM 4+ mon ago

View 3 Items Grit Young Sherry Young talks on her Apple Watch — something that as a young girl she saw in a Dick Tracy cartoon but never could have imagined it happening. My daughter Melissa came to visit the other day. She was thrilled because her daughter Caroline, who flew a few days before to Nepal, had just called her using FaceTime, a wonderful invention that allows people to look at each other on their phones as they talk. Melissa said it was a miracle that she, worried about her 19-year-old daughter, could not only talk with her, but could see her clearly all the way from Nepal. Our son Tom and his wife, Stacy, have enjoyed the same technology since their daughter Sydney moved with her husband, Jake, to Hong Kong. As first-time grandparents, Tom and Stacy get to see their new grandson every day if they so wish. Talking on the phone is fine. However, just as a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing people is even better than talking to them. For Mother’s Day, my son Steve and his wife, Barb, sent me an Apple watch. What an invention! If you’re old enough you will remember the cartoon “Dick Tracy.” Tough talking crime fighter Tracy would often lift his wrist to his mouth and talk to someone on his watch to nab the bad guys. Back in those days phones were hard-wired into a home — no such thing as satellites and cellphones and watches you could talk on. It was totally futuristic. Today it is a reality. I recently noticed when emailing on Google that suggested words now appear by the cursor, and if I hit the tab key they stay in the email. Google is trying to do my thinking for me. It made Read more.

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