Every webmail service out there, be it Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or other, encourages you to upload or merge your contacts with their system. And most Mac and PC email programs automatically cross-reference an incoming email sender with their entry in your contacts. The result is often that their contact profile picture, and ‘friendly’ name, is displayed as the sender of that email in your inbox.
Can’t make that meeting on the other coast? Don’t feel like going into the office today? Send one of the new breed of personal and corporate robots – a telepresence robot – instead. Meet Anybot, AVA, Luna and VGo – described by some as remote-control avatars, these telepresence robots can assist you – or even be you – in many work and other settings. From sitting in on a meeting for you (teleconferencing you in with audio and video) to following you around on medical rounds, there is a telepresence robot for you (if you can afford the price tag).