— Brian K. Vaughan, American TV Writer
We're witnessing the largest-ever introduction of AI into our most private sanctuary — the home. From smart thermostats to smart fridges, everything is connected. We may be reaping the short-term benefits but at what costs?mic_off
How can we get the most out of our virtual assistants without them getting too much out of us?
Global information services group Experian did a report in 2016 surveying a total of 1300 Amazon Echo users. Below are some interesting takeaways.
A young couple from Pasadena, Calif.
2 years into their long-distance relationship, Greg & Ellen finally moved in together. Greg upped his roots from the East Coast to Pasadena, CA to work for a budding Biotech firm. Ellen — a SoCal native — said farewell to her little beach cottage in Venice to work in downtown LA.
Both of them are fluent in tech. The couple owns 2 Amazon Echo Dots: one in the living room, one in the bedroom.
create From the interviews
Couples are 67% more likely to have some form of shared accounts that is created after they've been together.
The life of this couple represents a sweet spot in which each party agrees, to an extent, to compromise their privacy in order to realize a joint effort.
They best symbolize the struggle we're having with privacy in our everyday life: demanded to be fully understood, yet also wanting to reserve something to ourselves.
— Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP
The virtual assistant drew inspirations from the Disney character 'Dory' whose forgetfulness made her the perfect companion for an overly-protective Marlin on his journey to get his child back.
create From the interviews
All of the interviewees, when asked, preferred a female AI rather than a male one, especially when it comes to deciding aspects such as trust and comfort.
For a near-silent experience, trigger the Dory chatbot from your favorite messaging platform. Secret messages are encrypted and will be permanently deleted after a brief period of time.
It is much easier nowadays to generate data from your activities than trying to get rid of them. Ad networks across websites and services recognize users by throwing cookies at them, and then examine strings of collected data to serve users 'the ad they want'.
By generating a layer of pseudo-identity between the user and a service, we can allow the user to effortlessly interact with services without leaving traceable pieces of personal information behind.
User invokes a command to the AI, requesting a service.
Dory receives command, creates pseudo-identity made up of only the most essential information.
Dory interacts with service on behalf of user.
Typical Masking flow.
User invokes a command to Dory, specifically, requesting a service.
Dory receives command, creates custom privacy parameters and send to the requested service.
Service API executes command followed by Dory's custom parameters.
Typical Customized flow.
keyboard_arrow_rightMake a request to YouTube API
keyboard_arrow_rightSearch query = 'trump sings treat you better'
keyboard_arrow_rightUser profile = 'anonymous'
Not just simply keeping your personal information from pesky marketers, Dory offers a host of commands that put your privacy first. When invoked, the AI will always try to complete its task while leaving little to no trace.
Over time, Dory learns of what information you values and protects them, so you can order away without worrying!
Since the invention of AI, there has always been this tension between them and the user. Dory aims to take the first step toward resolving that conflict, by putting an emphasis on protecting user privacy.
Hopefully from this initiative, a renewed trust can be achieved, with user interests front and center.