The End Of User-Friendly Design and UX for voice Assisting devices

This is quite unique and a great post if you love robots and cool new gadgets. These devices are always listening. They learn from the words we say and the things we do. And it’s hard to know where this stream of personal information ends up. Who uses it? Is it sold? Can I see it? Will my chuckle at an off-color joke during a stand-up show exist for eternity in a suburban data center? Do I have any control over this multifaceted algorithmic portrait it’s painting of me? A robot talking to itself in the middle of the night is funny. It’s also really spooky. 

These are the skeuomorphs of this new field—think of them as affordances for AI. They’re the spiritual successors to the visual metaphors of early graphical user interfaces, but there's a big difference between an icon shaped like a trash can and the tilt of a robotic eyebrow. These new affordances don’t show users what they can do with a technology, they describe what a technology won’t do to users: They won’t hurt us, they won’t spy on us, they won’t reveal our secrets. They are literally user-friendly.


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