For example, having Lara listen in on a phone call so that she can take notes and list follow up items is a good use of her time, but having her call people and get them on the line for me smacks of the old Mad Men secretary days.
So what does this have to do with AI and the project I have named Lara AI? Well, what if I ask Lara to spend part of her week doing everything for me? Making calls and listening in, reading my emails for me and summarising them, making replies... all the things that you wish Apples SIRI really did!
But then, what if you had an Artificial Intelligence algorithm listen and watching everything we both did?
At first it would just listen to Lara and I interact. Then it could start to look for web sites we mention so that they could be shown to Lara in real time. Then it could recognise telephone numbers to call and start making Lara's life easier.
Thus started work on the project I am calling Lara AI in honour of my boss :-) / assistant and in recognition of the work we will be doing over the next year as we make this project work...
Here is how I see it working:
- Initially I will just have an ear piece like the character in "Her".
- When I tap/ activate it, Lara (the real Lara) comes online and interacts with me.
- If I'm not using the earpiece Lara can notify me of important stuff... she can ask, "Can I interrupt you?" "Sure..." "Tony just sent an important email about the funding closing, can I read it to you?" "Sure."
- I would only interact with my iPhone to look at photos or read specific texts, but most of my interaction would be through Lara.
- When I summon Lara, Lara AI would answer for her in Lara's voice.
- Lara AI would get Lara's attention to take over but in the mean time, Lara AI would be transcribing my request for information and trying to do whatever I ask while REAL Lara comes online.
- Gradually over time Lara AI could handle more and more tasks... calling people, making sure they are on the line before I speak to them, reading emails and texts to me. Summarising news and collecting information for me.