While in a previous blog post I already covered, why the future is assisted, in today’s post I’ll focus on what AI Assistants (=co-pilots) look like today, what distinguishes them from smart chatbots and not-so-smart speech assistants, as well as a checklist that of five properties that separates great from not-so-good co-pilots.
An AI co-pilot is a specialized software that you can interact with while you are working on an array of tasks and that assists you in accomplishing them by:
The idea of co-pilots that assist us in everyday life is not new. The vision for a digital assistant in the workplace had been around at least since the 80s; such as in this vision ad by Apple:
An also in pop culture, assisted working became an ideal to be desired, such as J.A.R.V.I.S., who helps Iron Man design his suit, defeat his enemies and much more.
While pretty much every person older than 30 years remembers clippy as one of its first major commercial implementations of an assistant, few of us shed a tear when it disappeared.