Convenience culture

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THE DESIRE FOR SPEED OR CONVENIENCE IS NOT NEW: WHAT IS NEW IS THE TECH APPLICATIONS ACCELERATING THIS TREND.

Humans have always pursued bigger, better, faster. Given tech interacts with every area of our life, from mental health, to learning, parenting, leisure to name a few, advances in tech speed and accuracy is to be expected.

Artificial Intelligence will be where we see true evolution in 2017. This means improving machine recommendations; the more data the multitude of applications have, the better the recommendations become.

Ultimately this will make us even more reliant on smartphones or machines for simple daily life. They will become even more our ‘go to’ for information on where to eat, what to buy, what activities we might enjoy.

Amazon, the queen of removing barrier to sales, is championing convenience with AI assisted shopping, Go stores and Dash buttons.

Have you checked out Alexa yet? Amazon markets this as a digital personal assistant that taps into the continued move to voice activated tech.  As a side note, using voice commands and the microphone for Google search will alter how the search algorithms work, meaning how we choose relevant search terms and run SEO will subtly alter.

There are of course potential privacy issues, see Chantelle’s article on what pitfalls there may be in allowing a computer (connected to a sales force) to listen to our every word.

We are expecting autonomous cars at least in our children’s lifetime…

Do we call all this evolution or are we simply becoming lazier with all these applications?