The Real Internet of Things: Tireless Advocate


These are published chapters from my book The real Internet of Things, published on January 1st, 2017.

One of the most powerful aspects of Digital Assistants is that they will be constant and inexhaustible consumers of the world’s services on behalf of their principals.

What music should you listen to? What food should you try? Who should you date? In all of these examples there are thousands or millions of options, but your DA can bring that down to one or a few based on its knowledge of you combined with the help of some services that specialize in this. That’s curation, and in an environment where there is far too much information for anyone to manage, it’s going to become one of the most pronounced benefits to SI-based Digital Assistants.

Think about how much information there is in the world that might help you at any given moment. In books, in articles, in video. In the postings of friends, family, and experts. This will all be harvested for you, while you sleep, while you’re distracted, and while you work on other projects.

It’s hard to quantify how much value there is for you to benefit from, but your Digital Assistant will work diligently, using all this context, without rest, in multiple concurrent threads, to find everything in the world that could help you in some way. It will then make use of even more services to curate that data for you and then present it to you in the best possible way.


  1. Your DA will use its knowledge of your preferences to be the best possible advocate.

  2. Your DA will not sleep, will not rest, and will not get distracted. And it (unlike humans) can actually multi-task.

  3. While you are doing other things (or nothing) your DA will be scouring the world for ways to optimize your life based on your needs, desires, and goals.

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