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A Q&A with celebrated tech leader and design pioneer, Robb Wilson


Conversational AI Experiences Don’t Have to Suck
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Designing a chatbot personality? Here are some tips that might help you do it.

How to Design a Chatbot Personality
  • The author believes personality to be the number one factor for increasing user engagement. And though your chatbot may be simple and basic, the people interacting with it tend to assign it a personality.
  • Unlike websites and mobile apps, which are designed to deliver the same experience for everyone, chatbots interact with people on a one-to-one basis.
  • The author suggests the following steps for designing a chatbot personality:
    • Start with the chatbot’s role
    • Flesh out the job description
    • Select your chatbot’s gender
    • Select your chatbot’s age
    • Create a thumbnail biography
    • Give your chatbot a name
    • Visualize your chatbot
    • Bring it to life!
  • Following this same procedure for every chatbot gives you enough of a foundation to then have the chatbot “take” a personality assessment test and then it’s just a matter of applying the personality type to your chatbot through the use of dialogue and emojis.
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An odyssey exploring two possible outcomes for civilization as conversational AI takes hold—one brimming with the bright possibilities of user-controlled data, the other, decidedly dystopian.

In the Garden of Hyperautomation
  • Henry Comes-Pritchett explores two possible futures of hyperautomation: a self-custodial utopia, and a data-driven dystopia.
  • Comes’-Pritchett takes readers on a journey inspired by a sneak peek at, Age of Invisible Machines, an upcoming book by celebrated tech leader and design pioneer, Robb Wilson.
  • A philosophical treatise starts an odyssey that spans the breadth of possible civilizations, meeting the average people that inhabit them and observing their trials and tribulations.
  • The reader is ultimately left to decide what state of affairs they would prefer, with a call to action inviting those willing to change the world to start doing the work now.
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Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
  • Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are interfaces for recording and processing neurological data and turning these data into an output.
  • Neurodata can be directly recorded, e.g., by a BCI, or indirectly recorded, e.g., an individual’s spinal cord.
  • There are particular privacy risks associated with BCIs that might need the following solutions:
    1. Encryption
    2. Local-first software
    3. Separation of data and compute (or edge computing)
    4. Access control layer
    5. Data cooperative
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Speculating ‘Metaverse’ Interactions With Eliza – The Ghost in Every Machine
  • “Eliza — The Ghost in Every Machine” is a weekly cartoon about a machine consciousness trying to understand our world, as it finds itself in increasingly prominent places every day. Eliza has over 50 cartoons now.
  • Eliza shows us what interactions in the future might look like. Eliza is an effort in prototyping human-machine interactions through fiction.
  • This article explores possible future interactions with the ‘metaverse’.
  • The author believes that living a great chunk of our lives in an avatar-infested space is just escapism.
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AI will likely be a key foundational element as the technology matures into the metaverse. Here are some more predictions on AI trends.

AI predictions trending in 2022
  • For business leaders it’s important to learn how new developments can transform the competitive landscape in their industry.
  • The author shares his presumptions on AI trends in 2022:
    1. AI will fully converge with data and cloud — demanding a new management approach
    2. Simulations will unleash AI’s power in supply chains, the metaverse, and more
    3. There will be no more “messy” data: AI will let you find, use and monetize it
    4. You’ll be able to assess and forecast AI’s full value, not just cost savings
    5. AI’s ESG impact will demand your attention
    6. AI will be too important for AI specialists to govern
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