Hal Varian, chief economist for Google, views the current wave of smartphone-enabled assistants as the tip of the iceberg: “We will rely on personal assistance from devices such as Google Now, Siri, Watson, etc. Much of the interaction will be verbal, so this will look a lot like the Star Trek computer interaction. We will expect computers that we meet to know us and our history of interaction with them. In general, they will infer what we want, and our role is simply to refine and verify that expectation. We will be well on our way to universal access to all human knowledge via the worldwide network of mobile devices and data centers. Day-to-day interaction with devices and data will be by voice.
Audiences support their favorite performers by purchasing virtual goods using a YouNow virtual currency (Bars). Bar packages start at 0.99 cents and go all the way up to $49.99. With Bars, users can purchase goods like “50 thumbs up” that helps the broadcaster trend, or special “fan mail,” which is a highlighted chat message that the broadcaster accepts and usually reacts to.
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