There’s not enough time in a day. How often have you said this to yourself? It seems that no matter how hard you try, there’s always something left undone by the time you’re ready for bed. There’s always one thing that you didn’t do. Even though we can get a lot of work done from our phones, it seems that we just can’t do it fast enough.
Well, that may be about to change thanks to predictive intelligence, and in particular, a new app called Osito.
If you’ve ever downloaded Sherpa, then you know what Osito is all about, because it’s actually the same app. The app’s makers simply decided to rename it Osito: there are so many versions and variations on Sherpa right now, so many user-generated mods and patches and iterations that releasing one more app called “Sherpa” would only confuse users, so ‘Osito’ it is.
Osito is a personal assistant app that intends to help you save time by predicting what you’re going to do and when.
It Knows You Well
Here’s the coolest thing about this app: it doesn’t just fill in your sentences for you, it predicts what you’re going to do based on factors like time and location. So if you work at a cell phone shop and you like to start the morning opening process with a song, then Osito can get that started for you so that you don’t have to go fumbling around looking for it. If you’re going to the airport, then Osito can see where you are and tell you how the weather’s doing.
Osito is all about giving you the information you need when you need it, even if you didn’t know you needed it. It really is like having a little robot buddy in your pocket. In short, it changes the way we think about predictive intelligence. It’s not just about looking at your habits and saying “What does the user usually do?” It’s about looking at what you need, right then and there, and delivering it.
Making Life Better
We already have this technology embedded into the way we advertise — how we collect user data and show them relevant ads — and now it’s improving the user’s life. We may see the same ideas applied elsewhere in the near future. Perhaps a dieting app that can tell when you’re driving to buy a Whopper, or an app for runners that lets you know when you’ve gone too far.
Osito is interesting as an app in and of itself, but it is perhaps most interesting as a predictor of things to come, of an era that delivers on the science-fiction promise of the helpful robot that has our best intentions in mind. It’s an exciting time to be a techie!