IA Ownership

Ownership of Intelligent Assistants: A New Paradigm

Traditional Ownership Models: Phones and Apps

In the contemporary tech ecosystem, consumers often claim ownership of their smartphones but maintain a different relationship with the apps that reside on these devices. Typically, the phone is a purchased piece of hardware, while apps are services that users either ‘subscribe to’ or ‘use.’ This usage often comes with a “Terms of Use” agreement, a legally binding contract that stipulates the rules, terms, and guidelines for using the service. These agreements, often glossed over by users, can contain clauses that allow the service provider to collect, use, or even sell user data.

The Shift with Intelligent Assistants (IAs)

With Intelligent Assistants, the concept of ownership undergoes a radical transformation. Unlike apps, where the relationship is more akin to a subscription or a license, an IA is unambiguously yours once purchased. There are no ‘Terms of Use’ agreements to navigate; you own the software and the hardware outright.

Data Security and Autonomy

Your IA works both with and without an internet connection, ensuring that most of your sensitive data resides solely on the device. This localized data storage is encrypted and can only be decrypted using a combination of a physical key and biometric verification. If you lose the device, you lose access to the data, but so does anyone who might find or steal the device.

Implications of True Ownership

Ownership in the context of IAs is profound. It grants users complete control over their device, both in terms of function and the data it holds. It is a shift from a model of conditional usage, bound by agreements and subscriptions, to one of true ownership. This evolution in consumer technology changes not just our interaction with devices, but also the ethical and legal landscape surrounding them.

Author: John Rector

John Rector is an AI Futurist who predicted the next word in business™, starting with his notable paper from 2015, "Mommy, What's a Cashier?" Drawing upon 40 years of experience in the practical applications of high technology, he assists clients in converting uncertainty into strategic advantages within a one-to-six-year framework. With leadership roles including IBM executive and co-founder of e2open, he has a diverse and impactful background. In the AI sector, he has set benchmarks through his contributions to Mind Media Group and Florrol, pioneering AI-based services and content generation. His investment initiative, Waterway Ventures, is committed to advancing promising AI startups. His creative ventures include founding Bodaro and graphic design studio Palm ❤️. In education, he has launched Nextyrn, which uses AI for personalized learning experiences, and in art, he leads Potyn, an initiative using AI to create bespoke pieces. His ever-expanding portfolio features companies like Nozeus, Infinia, Blacc Ink, and Maibly. Operating from Charleston, SC, his current focus involves partnering with individuals and enterprises to develop innovative business models and processes for the rapidly approaching age of AGI.

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