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A new kind of interface has surfaced over the past five years – artificial intelligence (AI) based ‘personal assistants’. Apple Siri started the ball rolling, swiftly followed by Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa, and half a dozen others. But […]
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PostShift kindly hosted the hi:project’s second London meetup yesterday evening. This post is not intended to be a record of the conversation, more a Q&A based on some questions raised at the meetup and in other fora in the past week or so.
By the way, Alice is the name we give the citizen, the individual we seek to serve across all her roles in life.
- Why does Jon Husband call the hi:project the epitome of VRM?
- How do we get HI to Alice?
- How do organizations ask for consent?
- Besides privacy, what else does the hi:project do for the consumer?
- Won’t consumer goods companies still want to target ads at Alice?
- How do you describe the tech?
- Because Of …
Why does Jon Husband call the hi:project the epitome of VRM?
Many ProjectVRM ventures have focused on storing personal data, seeking then to monetise that service. This is fatally flawed. Personal data needs to ‘breathe’, to be situated within other data, in order to become more useful. And Alice doesn’t want to pay for her personal data bank, much like she doesn’t want to pay for personal banking (and that’s something she actually understands!)
Alice doesn’t get data. She gets when she’s overdrawn. She gets when her diabetes is erratic. She gets when she’s in too many meetings. In other words, she gets information, not data. Continue reading
The hi:project hosted a round-table this morning on the topic of the technological response to the General Data Protection Regulation. The corresponding issues lie at the heart of the hi:project. The hi:project team believes: The GDPR tells organisations that […]
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Today is a good day. We enjoyed the opportunity to stream a presentation of the hi:project on a Web Science Trust webinar, and we received an official Letter Of Endorsement from the Trust to boot, signed by Professor Jim Hendler, Chairman […]