So what’s the real deal with the ecosystem of increasing intelligent software services, smaller and more powerful devices and connectivity embedded into everything? It creates an ecosystem in which the user is at the centre of things. The system anticipates a users actions, activity and intentions. Basically it becomes anticipatory.
Anticipatory computing has a small entry on Wikipedia, but it sums it up pretty good:
The term is used to describe when technology anticipates our needs and acts accordingly.
Getting machines to anticipate what you should do will liberate you and free up your mind to focus on other staff that requires more focus and attention.
So one of the more common examples of this new wave of anticipatory services is Google Now. It’s still in its early stages, but is already impressive. It uses my data to get to know my context. For example, it calculates my ideal travel schedule based on my agenda and sends up soccer scores Google knows I’m interested in without me asking. Check out the demo.