Are Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa Just Gimmicks??

When Digital Assistants launched with Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, etc., they were exciting and promising. Years later, are they essential to your daily life? Or merely fun gimmicks? If they went away tomorrow, would you care? There’s the human element that actual assistants provide — in-context guidance, like knowing your schedule and what may or may not be helpful to offer up based on who you are as a person and your habits. If your devices know (or are able to access by permission) your schedule, buying habits, and your current location, should they be assisting more than they do now?

 

Defining a Distinguished Engineer

“In this post, I will define what it means to me to be a distinguished engineer or technical fellow and maybe others that agree will modify their ladders to incentivize people to resemble these qualities.”

 

Humane by Design

“The exponential growth of mobile technology has ushered in an age where time and attention is an increasingly scarce resource. Instead of technology enhancing our abilities as humans, we’ve seen it become a vehicle for extracting our attention, monetizing our personal information, and exploiting our psychological vulnerabilities. As designers, we play a key role in the creation of such technology, and it’s time we take responsibility for the impact that these products and services we build are having on people it should serve. Humane by Design is a resource that provides guidance for designing ethically humane digital products through patterns focused on user well-being.”

 

April Fool’s: Final Fantasy 14 Home Assistant