"The central goals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research include reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, communication, perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects or people. General intelligence is still among the field's long term goals. Currently popular approaches include statistical methods, computational intelligence and traditional symbolic AI. There are an enormous number of tools used in AI, including versions of search and mathematical optimization, logic, methods based on probability and economics, and unlimited others."
SIRI is a voice-activated app that works with the iPhone 4S and iOS 5+ to allow users to take action on their iPhone by voice commands, interactivity or simply speaking. SIRI can understand not just basic common speech. SIRI can both speak back to the user and take dictation, transcribe voice to text and more.
The ads claim, "SIRI lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more.
Just ask SIRI to do things just by talking the way you talk. SIRI understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. SIRI is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it."
"Talk to SIRI as you would to a person. Say something like "Tell my wife I’m running late" or "Remind me to call the vet." SIRI not only understands what you say, it’s smart enough to know what you mean. So when you ask "Any good burger joints around here?" SIRI will reply "I found a number of burger restaurants near you." Then you can say "Hmm. How about tacos?" SIRI remembers that you just asked about restaurants, so it will look for Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. And SIRI is proactive, so it will question you until it finds what you’re searching.
Applying SIRI to the world of decisioning...
"SIRI, how much do I need...what kind...what product...what company?"
The real question is not the question...it is who is providing the answer. Instead of SIRI, it could be a similar AI voice (behind an entity) that leads us to their captive offerings...products and services.
Decisioning forward...Will we be individually responsible or will we acquiesce to emerging technology?
Will tomorrow's decisioning be according to SIRI or another friendly (AI) app/ghost/avatar/advisor?
Point is, very subtly, you may find yourself being influenced and guided by some form of artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic and data mining (among others).
This may sound like an imaginary conspiracy theory, but so did a personal computer only a few years ago.
We are daily on a path that will incorporate AI intrusion, interaction and interference. It will be vital that we have a decisioning plan or system that is proven, true and not artificial.
As always...you decide.