Dan Grover, whose occasional essays about the user interfaces used in smartphone apps in the Chinese market have provided a worthwhile sense of perspective on how smartphones can be used, has written the best take I've read on the current bout of bot-mania:
This recent "bot-mania" is at the confluence of two separate trends. One is agent AIs steadily getting better, as evidenced by Siri and Alexa being things people actually use rather than gimmicks. The other is that the the US somehow still hasn't got a dominant messaging app and Silicon Valley is trying to learn from the success of Asian messenger apps. This involves a peculiar fixation on how these apps, particularly WeChat, incorporate all sorts of functionality seemingly unrelated to messaging. They come away surprised by just how many differently-shaped pegs fit into this seemingly oddly-shaped hole. The thesis, then, is that users will engage more frequently, deeply, and efficiently with third-party services if they're presented in a conversational UI instead of a separate native app.
It's that part which, having spent the past two years in my current job eating and breathing messaging, seems a major misattribution of what makes chat apps work and what problems they're best at solving.
Definitely worth a read.
[Via The Overspill]
[Rather than] buying new [tires for their car], people could lease them. 1
This Tyres-as-a-Service model also comes with big data analytics services "so the thinganomical principal is, sensor-enable the products that you sell, extract the data from the channel and then sell them as analytics services".
"All these are ways of making money, saving money, making it more attractive for customers," Dr Bates said.
Dr Curran 2 also said that there is nothing to stop this model of IoT PAYG being copied in for instance, door mats (counting people), smart radiators (charge per heating use), smart sofas (charge per person sitting down and how long), fish tanks (charge per person looking at the fish with camera scanning for faces), headphones (charge per use), and so on.
So, as long as you're reasonably well off you'll be fine with your smartphone (or your iotWallet) sending off micropayments as you're charged as you walk through the shopping mall. No doubt the smart door mat at every entrance will check your ID and credit rating and only unlock the door if your credit rating is high enough.
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