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|SNS Subscriber Edition ||Volume 18, Issue 20 ||Week of May 25, 2015 |
AI for the Next IA
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The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa's Wealth, by Tom Burgis (William Collins, 2015)
If you find it hard to believe that one rather anonymous man could buy half of China's oil inputs from Angola, while $32B goes missing among the country's elites, this is the book for you. I am reminded of the US' behavior documented in John Perkins' book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2005).
Takeaway Points from This Week's Feature:
- Human needs vary; therefore, the perfect Internet Assistant will use AI that accounts for this variety.
- A successful implementation will provide completely different services and personalities to different users, based on the user's own needs, beliefs, abilities, and performance.
- It is the relationship that determines success rather than the human or the technology.
- The success of the IA is predicated upon the success of the relationship.
- If serving us individually is seen as today's ultimate achievement in IA function, serving our social needs and wants is the higher level of expectations, which, once achieved, will mean real success for IA creators.