Life automation (“BioEfficiency“) could soon be a reality — courtesy of Google. Amit Singhal, a fifteen year veteran of the search business is a Google Fellow and engineer, speaking often on the development and potential future of search.
TechRadar reports that Amit believes that search will progress allowing real-time data, such as GPS location, time of day and even weather conditions, matched up against a to-do list or shopping list. Then, let’s overlay that data with current retail pricing for the physical area (as only one example) — and you could get alerts that say “on the way home, why not stop and get the butter on your shopping list, which is on sale today for $1.99. At the same time you could complete the remainder of your shopping. CLICK HERE for directions.” Once you arrive, it could automatically display your shopping list.
This type of technology implementation may freak some people out — even in concept. The reality is that it’s not in the distant future. With enough datapoints and some programming, these types of activities are definitely possible on today’s smartphones. An Android phone could make all this happen, and allow you to further use Google Goggles to identify the products you bought, checking them off your list.
Each completed activity, response to predictive suggestions and other information (such as what you actually bought when you went to the store as compared to your list), could allow real-time suggestions when creating to-dos. You may put Product A on your list, only to have the application recommend that Product B is on sale, and you have purchased is 70% of the time when you intended to purchase Product A in the past year.
Tools for better Life Efficiency
I have to admit, my phone runs my life. It tells me what to do and when. I long for the day when data interconnectivity allows for real-time recommendations and suggestions to make life more efficient. I shall term the phrase ‘Life Automation’ — for applications which automatically generate ongoing tasks and schedules in response to historical data. I shall also term the phrase ‘BioEfficiency App” as a program or other tool which provides the interactive experience with an individual to make suggestions, analyze data, cross reference other applications and provide for auto-updates to all the aforesaid tools and other disparate systems through a network connected device or through data updates and user input on stand alone devices.
Amit has an undergraduate degree in India from IIT, Roorkee, a MS from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from Cornell University, all in Computer Science. At Cornell, he studied Information Retrieval with the late Gerard Salton, one of the founders of the field. Amit has co-authored more than thirty scientific papers and numerous patents.