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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  
The Virtual Personal Assistant represents the biggest change in software in decades.
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+Victor Gallagher, that may be a lot closer than we think:
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The mind is a reflection of a greater reality that surrounds and infuses it. The way we humans receive signals from this greater source and ground that embraces our world is to open ourselves to that bigger reality, and to do so with love, justice, humor and grace. The way forward to this possibility is nothing more than faith in something bigger than you know to be true through mind alone.
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Channeling Jean Houston?
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Martha Graham on the creative inspiration:

Martha said to me, very quietly: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. As for you, Agnes, you have so far used about one-third of your talent.”

“No artist is pleased… There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” Share ArticlePocket
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Complex Emotional Behavior in Animals

We like to think of ourselves as pretty unique when it comes to complex emotional states and expressions of empathy, but those boundaries are quickly fading as we see animals evidencing higher states of consciousness than we'd previously assumed.

This piece by Matthieu Ricard shares some wonderful anecdotes of animals demonstrating: 
Mutual Aid
The Joy of Reunion            
The Sadness of Separation
Targeted Empathy
Mutual Aid Among Different Species           
The Transmission of Social Cultures           
Knowing What Others Are Thinking
Gaming The System

I like this part, in particular:
The realization that all sentient beings, from the simplest to the most complex, are part of an evolving continuum, and that there is no basic rupture between the different degrees of their evolution, should naturally lead us to respect other species and to use our superior intelligence not to profit from them as if they were simple instruments in the service of our well-being, but to promote their well-being at the same time as our own.

Also, this is an interesting insight on VENs:

In 1999, a team of neuroscientists noticed that very particular neurons, the von Economo neurons (VENs), which are spindle-shaped, were, out of the 28 families of primates, present only among humans and the four species of great apes.  These are precisely the species that passed the mirror test.  Later on, the presence of VENs was also discovered among whales, dolphins, and elephants.
The evolution of empathy, altruism, and even the soul.
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Cool idea. NFC-embedded business cards. 

I've actually used Moo before to create some business cards, and it was a good experience. This is an interesting approach, I think, because it builds on accepted human behavior. 
How Moo Is Redesigning Business Cards For The Digital Age
Moo's Business Card+ is embedded with an NFC chip so you can share your contacts or portfolio by simply tapping a smartphone.
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State of the art rendering of the human face. This is from Paul Debevec's TED Talk. For more information on the project, check out USC's Institute for Creative Technologies' The Digital Emily Project: Achieving a Photoreal Digital Actor:

HT +John Streeter​ for telling me about this project.
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I remember that one, +Joe Repka. Also very impressive. 

I've not see the Obama rendering, +John Streeter. 
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Apple acquisition could help Siri get more conversationally fluent. 
Apple has acquired a UK-based start-up whose artificial-intelligence software helps computers and people speak to each other in a more natural dialogue, according to people familiar with the deal. VocalIQ uses machine learning to build virtual
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God promised Nashua 1last day to finish his story you know what he said ??? Be in the begining as it was in the end 
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Collaborative Memory: Our New Partnership with Machines

Technology has changed the way we organise information so that we only remember details which are no longer available, and prioritise the location of information over the content itself.

In a study published last year, the participants were presented with two files that each contained a list of words. They were asked to memorise both lists. Half of the participants were asked to save the first file before moving on to the next list, while the others had to close it without saving.

The experiment revealed that the participants recalled significantly more information from the second file if they had saved the previous file. This suggests that by saving or “offloading” information on to a computer, we are freeing up cognitive resources that enable us to memorise and recall new information instead.

The modern world's effect on our ability to remember has got an ugly name. But digital amnesia is not a one-way street. Technology may be helping us to remember more than it has caused us to forget.
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I spent my youth exploring through woods and  climbing trees. I was Tarzan; a valiant badass. 
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judah tribal foundations......if he was the carpenter then i am the painter but of what  ?
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Pinning Posts to a Collection

We've had the ability to pin posts to our profiles for a while now, but now you can pin a post to the top of a specific Collection. I saw this advertised in one of the Google+ app updates for Android several weeks ago, but it wasn't until seeing this post from +John Elstone that I figured out how to actually do it. And note, this functionality isn't yet available on the desktop. 

1) From your Google+ Android app, navigate to your list of Collections.
2) Select one of your Collections
3) Select a post from within that collection
4) Click the menu in the upper right (3 vertical dots)
5) Select "Pin to collection"

It's a bit funky, and it's interesting (but not unusual) that this new functionality rolled out first to the mobile experience. So there you go. And yes, changes made in this way on your mobile device show up for everyone else on mobile or desktop. 

cc: +martin shervington +Mark Traphagen 

Google+ Update: Pin to collection - Android.

You can now pin a post to a collection, seems you have to navigate to the collection first and then pin the post.

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Thanks for the ping Gideon! Handy one.
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It's either dew or someone with an eyedropper and painstaking patience....
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Why Do We Have to Sleep?

How old is sleep as a behavior? How about 700 million years old? That's one of the ideas put forth in this interesting, short piece on sleep. I'd forgotten about the idea of "first sleep" and "second sleep" but it does seem to explain some of the sleeping rhythms that naturally emerge for me. See minute 3:10.

Darn you, Edison! ;)

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I've certainly found blu-blocker glasses, worn 30 - 60 minutes beforeI go to bed, have helped me get to sleep and significantly improved my overall quality of sleep. I've been doing this for about 6 months now. 
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Grounded futurist writer
I'm a writer with a background in technology, business and social change. 

Most of my writing these days is at The Vital Edge, where I explore how technology affects organizations and the way people work. I am particularly interested in artificial intelligence, automation and networks and what they hold for the future of humanity. 

I believe in the human soul, and I believe it deserves a place in our understanding of organizations and technology. I have no interest in pushing religion or any particular spiritual point of view, but I do believe in exploring technology and human organization on a deeper level than is typical for these topics today. 

When it comes to my presence on Google+, most of my effort here is really aimed at connecting with people who are drawn to the questions I explore through my writing. I am active on Twitter (@gideonro) as well, and share content more frequently there, but my deepest online engagement is still here on Google+. 

My Story
For nine years, I ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Groundwire specialized in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) databases, websites, social media communications, and engagement strategy as a way to help organizations mobilize people around sustainability causes.

Prior to Groundwire, I worked at Microsoft for ten years (back when it was cool), in various marketing, product development and management positions. While there, I developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. I also marketed the world’s first digital encyclopedia and dictionary, and other innovative multimedia works.
I was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now live in Seattle with my wife, CJ, and two boys. Oh, and I am a proud board member of YES! Magazine.

#AI #automation #organization #technology #GoodBusiness #soul 
I write about the intersection of artificial intelligence, knowledge and mission-driven, stakeholder organizations.
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    1985 - 1989
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