Monday, March 5, 2012

"Everything, Everywhere, All the Time" from Tech Crunch, and why TMI from technology is the best argument for the digital personal assistant

This is a good story from Tech Crunch, one that touches on several themes.

Photo from the Tech Crunch article
Everything, Everywhere, All The Time | TechCrunch:

The explosion of smartphones, "connected all the time" expectations, and the associated "community all the time" effect have put us in a strange place. As I've pointed out in my "era of you" coverage, we know more, in more places, at more times, than ever before.

But we still must be our own librarians and curators of all that information; as Sarah Perez points out, there's precious little technology helping us take that last vital step. It's exhausting and frustrating.

Perez doesn't connect the dots to the logical needed technology, but she gets close.  What we need is a technology interface that learns our behaviors and our needs, compares them to the massive information streams, and delivers it to us in a useful form.  We need the equivalent of the executive's personal assistant.

Which is one of the main reasons I believe that the digital personal assistant, (DPA) although still in its infancy, is one of the most promising emerging technologies. As I wrote in this article introducing "Rosie," it will also be a forthcoming business battleground because the DPA is a gateway to recommendations, search, and tech-assisted business transactions. As Perez writes, "I’m ready for a computer you don’t have to input much into at all. A truly useful system will see what you’re doing, learn from your activities, then begin to automate tasks for you. Not just in email, but everywhere. In everything. And all the time."
See this article, published today, about the way Apple is already using their 1st generation DPA, Siri, to bring that power to bear in its battle against Google.

Yelp, Twitter, and Apple's Anti-Google Coalition

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