… go back to my email, mark it in red, then get back to my computer to start the process over again. But if you receive the request through Slack, you would be able to click “approve” and it would come with a conversational interface. And you won’t need to remember your username and password. This is the approach we’re pursuing right now.
…put it in your task list. A bot will lead the conversation, add value to it and simplify your task. But the challenge is that people still don’t know how to build a convenient conversational interface. If you look back at the history of the internet, the first websites were horrible. The first mobile phones were clunky. We are at the stage of figuring out what a conversational interface should look like.
‘’I was looking for a coffee shop,’’ Ziv explains, “And I had intended to go to one with an appealing signboard. But a local friend of mine who was with me said that there is another coffee shop right around the corner with better coffee. He intuitively understood what I wanted and suggested a better option, while I never asked for help or even stated my intention of getting coffee. Personal assistants will work the same way. They will advise us without us having to intentionally query them. They will help in the right way at the right time, just like a personal mentor would.”
… can perform an action or draw a conclusion. Artificial neural networks work similarly,’’ says Ziv. “So I would say that AI has now reached a point equivalent to human intuition. Algorithms can recognize a bird in a picture, but this does not directly map to a list of if-then rules that result from the observation; rather, AI operates “intuitively” to decide if there’s a bird in a picture, but does not rely on a direct script to take an action.’’
“Imagine the following,’’ continues Ziv. ‘’You are driving and there is a big screen in your car with a video camera. On this video you can see the names of places and buildings around you. If you are driving to a specific place, the entrance of the building along with its address will be displayed on the screen. Also, if you are looking for restaurants, the screen will show the names of restaurants along the route you are driving and provide Yelp ratings of the restaurants you are passing by.’’