Virtual assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Google Now are still in an awkward phase. They're useful for controlling your stereo, answering the occasional trivia question, or warning you about traffic, but they still don't have the intelligence or access necessary to really anticipate your biggest needs. It's nothing like having a real human watching you and handing out advice. Which is exactly what performance artist Lauren McCarthy promises to do, for three days at a time.
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In "The Assistant Economy," Dissent Magazine analyses the privileged and idiosyncratic career path of "personal assistants" who serve a single high-profile professional, often in a creative field, in a job that often provides no direct promotion opportunities (a movie director can't train you to replace them) but plenty of indirect ones. Here are a few practical tips.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.