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Toward predictive interfaces: ‘Google Now on tap’

In a prior post I compared “Google Now” and the concept of a Proactive User Interface. It looks like ‘Google Now on tap’ will finally be a step in the right direction.

My first impression from a quick read of some articles is that it is an expansion of the info cards concept with more correlation with current UI context. This is such a powerful, and an extremely obvious feature, that you wonder why this was not done years ago. True, Google will put more search and Big Data power behind this. But, is it really predictive and will it “learn” a users information patterns?

An information pattern example (from my prior post) is a User is viewing a web site. There is a probability that if a certain amount of time is spent or a certain page or article type is visited, that clicking a share button will be followed by predictable actions. For example, sharing a link with a colleague or loved one. The UI presented will then present a proactive plan. See “Proactive User Interface“. Generating information related to context is still requiring the user to perform wasted effort to form and act on immediate action plans. So what are those octocore chips for?

Proactive Interface v2
Diagram of idea

Updates

  • Nov 9, 2015: Google just open sourced a Machine Learning system, TensorFlow.

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Google Now and predictive interfaces

In a prior post, Proactive User Interface, I was following up on prior thoughts I’ve had on digital assistants. Like with this other post: Synergistic Social Agent Network Cloud, or A Fuzzy Logic Controller Using Fuzzy Feedback.

Now I’ve just tried Google Now. (This current blog post was written a while back) Wow, I had that idea. I called “cards” Proposals. But, I think my concept is more advanced. In fact, without more advanced Artificial Intelligence advances, a true Assistant is not possible. This concept, of course, is not new. Shows up very early in Science Fiction literature.

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