Artificial Intelligence for more human interfaces

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Oh hello, human, how can I help you?

AI isn’t only for a few, big, technical players

There is a limited space for personal assistants in our lives. We don’t need every system to be our J.A.R.V.I.S or Star Trek’s ubiquitous “Computer…”.

Flawed user input shouldn’t be the end

We have the power with deep learning and already harvested information to create some very human friendly interfaces. Interfaces that add extra information to work around barriers people have.

Interfaces can make sensible assumptions what we did wrong and fix it instead of telling us to use the correct words. Interfaces that don’t assume humans think in keywords and filters but in words and metaphors.

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Ask Google Maps how far you are from the capital of France and it flat out tells you

The next users expect this to work

The problem is that only a few interfaces of well-known, big companies give this convenience. And that makes people wonder who owns information and where they know all these things from.

AI isn’t magic only a few players should offer and control.

The machines are watching

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When Orwell predicted his total control state he got one thing wrong. The cameras that record all our actions aren’t installed by the state. Instead, we bought them and give our lives to corporations.

Are machines friends or foe?

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And that’s the big problem with AI. We are sold AI as this all-solving, intelligent system devoid of issues. But, no — computers can’t think.

AI has no morals and ethics, but — used wrongly — it can amplify our biases.

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Let’s use AI for good

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I think that in order for them to work, we need to educate people about the day-to-day benefits of intelligent systems.

Genius isn’t it? Create a fun interface, make it a game, let people enter lots of flawed solutions, point a deep learning algo at it and find the happy medium. Then give it back to the community as a tool that does the reverse job.

Re-using data captured by big players for good

Understanding human language

Getting information from images

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Getting sentimental

Speak to me — I will understand

In essence, using a voice interface is the same as hitting the “I feel lucky” button in Google. You hope the one true result returned is what you came for and not something paid for you to get.

Things people shouldn’t see

With great power…

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Maker of web things. Ponderer of new technology. Lover of simplicity. Portfolio: http://christianheilmann.comhttp://developer-evangelism.com

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