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An AI that helps users make decisions in their daily activities

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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello Aug 15, 2021
The idea is to equip users with an AI that helps people make decisions, especially those numerous decisions that we have to make every day. It would help the user make decisions that the user cannot make optimally and will be recommended for decisions that are not so important but can be time consuming.

With the advances in technology and the constantly rising standards of living. There are so many options to choose from when you want to choose the clothes you wear, the food you eat, or even which piece of furniture to buy.
For example, when one is at a new restaurant they would usually want to read through the whole menu before deciding what to eat. The list of the optimal options could be made by the AI for every restaurant you could visit for the whole day while considering the nutritional requirements, allergies, and likely moods even before you wake up.
Letting the AI decide such little things for users will make them live more productive lives by freeing up more time for the more important things. It would also make the user more conscious of their decision making processes. It will reduce the chances of the user making impulsive decisions that have no logical backing.
For this to work, the AI will have to be with the user at all times or most of the time. It would be ideal to incorporate the AI with something like google glasses. The input devices will record what the user sees and does. It would also be calibrated to observe the user's brain activity that so it can detect when the user is pondering over something. The AI will have the ability to initiate the conversations like a voice assistant and use more discreet means of communication like sending its user an email.
A major challenge with such a system is that whoever provides such a service will have access to the the users' private information and any leakages could be disastrous. They can also be used to control people's behaviors to an extent; since it is only natural to trust the logical decisions of a computer.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Sep 03, 2021
I was working on something with the same purpose as your idea before I saw this.

The difference being that I considered using human feedback instead of AI. This idea was basically inspired by Darko's contribution and the Netflix series 100 Humans.

Essentially, whenever you are faced with a choice, you would be able to ask a panel of other users for their opinion. To keep it simple, panellists would only have to pick yes/no or left/right. Ultimately, the final decision would obviously still remain yours, but it could be helpful to see what other people think before making a decision.

Depending on the number of users on the platform, this system would probably not work for time-sensitive decisions, where the AI might, but it does have other advantages over AI in that people would be reacting based on personal experience and opinions, where the AI would rely on cold hard data (the best selling item isn't necessarily the best choice)
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Samuel Bello
Samuel Belloa month ago
That is another way to do it. The reason I think an AI system will beat one that is run by humans is that the AI will generally make better and faster decisions. In cases where a computer's abilities are not ideal to make the decisions (cases, where emotions play a major role as opposed to the kind of logical problems computers are good better at solving), human input will be required to make the decision or guide the decision-making process.

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Povilas S
Povilas S Aug 15, 2021
In addition to what you wrote about privacy issues, another danger/disadvantage lies in people blindly following the AI lead and not thinking for themselves anymore. Even if the program could suggest the best options in a rational sense, there's a beauty and freedom of discovery in the randomness of various unfiltered options.

It's similar to youtube offering what you should watch next vs having the availability to all the content that's on the platform. In the first case, your options are limited even though they are best suited for your interests/needs by the algorithm. When you are using someone else's account or just are signed out and using a device that is not linked to you, you can discover interesting videos there that would not even be possible for you to discover if the personalization algorithm was in operation. The element of randomness has its benefits and is necessary, in my opinion.

So I think this should be taken into account when designing a decision-making assistant. There should be an option to turn off the filtering function, mix in random options, etc. A user could maybe choose which percent of random options to mix into the recommendations of the algorithm - 100% percent would mean that you're totally on your own in this and 0% would mean that AI is doing all the job for you.

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