A Scenario

This scenario is set in the near future.  The hardware platform may resemble the one in the header image, which looks like an ordinary smartphone.   A very close inspection with a magnifier might reveal four dots in the corners, which are to be understood as camera lenses.

Suppose that a person seeks a friend, lover, coworker or employer. He or she may use this future device in the following way:

  • turn on the device and use speed-dial links on the touch screen menu to get to social technology functions, then to select the appropriate kind of matching, OR
  • use voice control for all of this
  • interact with the device using a speech recognition interface (like Siri) to find and select the right kind of matching
  • update a previous virtual questionnaire, or respond to a new one — while responding to the machine generated questions, the backwards looking cameras look for stress and other indications of dishonesty
  • periodically question the speech interface about the interim results of this searching and matching operation — using the device for an hour will give much worse results than prolonging this process over a week, returning again and again to respond to more questions
  • as well asking questions about yourself, the device will ask about what you want — for interpersonal relationships it will display paired pictures of individuals, probably famous ones, asking you to pick the more attractive one — this will give the software a sense of your preferences
  • as time goes by the device will occasionally suggest getting into communications with someone, a potential friend, lover, spouse, co-worker or employer — if you are an employer, it will occasionally suggest communicating with someone about a job offer
  • the device will facilitate secure, anonymous communication with other people
  • it’s suggestions will usually be for someone who will make your life better in every way, including making you a better person
  • it will never help an aggressor how to communicate with a potential victim but will instead try to create a social environment which will dampen out potential violence or exploitation

This is only a brief sketch.  More detail to come.  Better yet, add your own thoughts!

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