Having an A.I. assistant: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
“Hey, S voice, where can I get some free food nearby?”
I don’t know how many times I wanted to ask my phone these things. Part of me wants to hear an answer that goes: “Hey, you’re in luck, there’s a small diner right across the corner. They’re giving away free burgers for single desperate lonely guys like you.”
It hurts. But this burn is something that I can handle if it means that I get to have free food.
And yet, this never really happens. It’s always a generic answer that goes as “Hey, here is a list of eateries nearby.”
My lazy, good-for-nothing butt doesn’t want this. Oh, if only we had an A.I. that was actually worth it…
Yes, you know where this is going. If you had any confusion now, I’ll clear it.
Personal assistant A.I. has been all the rage, well, since as long as we have learned about the concept of A.I.
Since the advent of smartphones,
the idea of a virtual Artificial Intelligent assistant has taken the world by storm.
Whether you have Apple’s Siri, or Samsung’s S Voice, or Cortana from Microsoft, A.I. assistants are now everywhere.
In today’s article, we will be focusing on some of the great aspects of A.I. and its impact on human lives. We will also talk about what A.I. in its current form needs to improve.
We will also discuss what is the scope for improvement in all the aspects of A.I. where it is utter garbage.
So, let’s get going now, shall we?
Even though the A.I. personal Assistant isn’t nearly at the level where we can compare it to the likes of J.A.R.V.I.S., it’s a close second.
Despite being rudimentary when compared to fictional digital butlers, current A.I. can do a lot of things.
- Say goodbye to Mundane tasks by sourcing them to your Personal Artificial Assistant.
- Improve your own workflow by using an A.I. system to automate basic tasks.
- Not good enough? Join the A.I. with software to improve your own efficiency.
- Look at it in any way you want, A.I. or at least some of the features of A.I. improve your life.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of a 500-million-dollar company or a student. You can always trust that an A.I. personal assistant will take care of mundane low-value tasks.
Some of the best A.I. personal assistants can actually replace full-fledged assistants. Take the case for SIRI here. Apple’s Magnum Opus iPhone is nothing without its operating software and voice.
Not only Siri can act as a friend and share jokes, but it can also make calls, give messages, give recommendations on the basis of web search results.
And this is just one of over a dozen Personal A.I. assistants’ applications. Cortana, which is from Microsoft can schedule email, create and write notes, and even schedule meetings.
Now that’s something, isn’t it?
There are hours upon hours of content online that is just waiting for you. All this optimization can happen via a Personal A.I. assistant. All you need to do is search for it.
This is only the best thing about having a full-fledged personal A.I. assistant. Let’s see the other side of the coin.
No matter what we do, for now, there are certain limitations for personal A.I. Assistants.
When it comes to mundane tasks, then you can rely on personal assistants, but anything more than that means you’re asking for trouble.
As of writing this article, your personal A.I. assistant will not be able to inform you when your apps need to be updated.
Nor will it be able to delete an app or change anything from the notification settings.
Not so neat.
There are other things as well which include not being able to see your health. Unless and until you have enough dough to grab an i-watch or something, yeah, your personal A.I. assistant will not be able to inform you how many steps you have to take.
As you can see, anything that is dependent on voice commands that includes altering anything, cannot be done by these personal A.I. Assistants.
And we haven’t even reached the Ugly Part yet.
The saddest part, and I mean the saddest part for most people out there, is that they feel that they are substituting human emotions with an A.I.
Asking emotional questions to Artificial Intelligence at first seemed a normal thing to do.
After all, it’s just for fun. But as we see in societies where A.I. becomes too mainstream, emotional connections between humans seem to be the first thing to go.
Now is this a symptom of a deeper problem or it’s just a result of something different, no one really knows. But this goes to show that as humans, we still haven’t been able to adapt clearly to the advance of A.I.
When it comes to A.I. then the highs can be very high, and the lows can be very low.
Personal A.I. can be great for business owners, and students, especially when it comes to moderating simple tasks.
With the current advance in the field and its integration to human platforms, only time can tell where things are headed.
It’s also important to remember, that the integration of A.I. right now is still in its nascent stage and there is a lot of room for growth.
We will see you at the next one.