The Coming Era of the Virtual Personal Assistant

The Coming Era of the Virtual Personal Assistant

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The Coming Era of the Virtual Personal Assistant

I believe we are on the cusp of another hugely significant shift in the way we use computing and communications power. The Virtual Personal Assistant will be the leading edge through with artificial intelligence has its greatest impact on most of us. 

To that end, I see six building-block technologies that are now coming together to create truly marvelous Virtual Personal Assistant (VPS) solutions: 

1. Natural Language Processing

2. Interest Graphs

3. Emotional Intelligence

4. Sensory Integration

5. Social Graph

6. Schema-based Integration

This is the story of how all these technologies are likely to come together and how it will be today’s biggest players who have the best shot (because of “winner-take-all” network effects). I close with some wondering about how this could take us to human-like artificial intelligence. 

And yes, I had a little fun with the drawings for this piece (hey if “Wait But Why” can do it with stick figures, why not?)

#artificialintelligence   #virtualpersonalassistant   #VPA

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  1. I need one that can clean the shop Gideon Rosenblatt 

  2. Clippy’s Revenge!

  3. I almost got roped into working on “Bob” the origin of Clippy, William L. Weaver. Dodged that one.  

  4. Gideon Rosenblatt No shame in that! It’s just that Bob and Clippy were about 20 years ahead of the technology curve…  =]

  5. you mention smart phones as the medium for accessing VPAs but where I am, the data rate is not there to justify such a device as yet, so I confess I don’t see how one can develop the level of intimacy with such devices. I am anticipating some sort of implantable cell phone interface, possibly also featuring a contact lens . . . the technology of interface is as important as the building blocks of software and system architecture IMHO.

    BTW, will the original artwork become available as signed lithographs? How do I contact your designated dealer or gallery? 😉

  6. We have spellcheckers and to some extent grammar checkers.  But what I am waiting for is fact and logic checkers. 

  7. Victor Gallagher Sorry, the Politicians would outlaw that product immediately…

  8. If any lithographs come out of this, Cade Johnson, I can safely say that you’ll have the first copy. 🙂

    Everything I’ve read of late on the implants route suggests that they are still out a ways on the timeline, simply because the procedures for something like that are so invasive. Contacts? Yeah. I haven’t been following that as closely, but it does seem like there’s been progress on that front of late. 

  9. Victor Gallagher, that may be a lot closer than we think:

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