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Brian Johnson

Intel futurist Brian Johnson

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Intel principal engineer and futurist Brian David Johnson discusses his presentation at the recent Euroscience Open Forum on a future world of computers that develop relationships with the humans they serve.

"I create models that will help find out how people will interact with computers, and these are based on social science, computer science, statistical data, and even some science fiction," Johnson says.

One of Johnson's main projects is determining how people watch TV and what they love about it. "We then designed prototype chips that have the ability to bring the Internet and the television on one screen at the same time," Johnson notes. He says "our technologies will get to know us and we'll become more tightly connected. This has an impact on what we do productivity-wise, but even more it connects us to the things and people we love."

Johnson also notes that the size of computational chips is approaching zero, which means that soon anything could be turned into a computer. He says at that point the challenge becomes deciding what should be done. "That is what we have the social scientists for," Johnson says. "We do not study markets, we study people."

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