Humane’s AI Pin looks like a miserable smartphone replacemen…

A still from the Human AI Pin presentation video.

I should be very excited about the Humane AI Pin. It’s sci-fi-cool mobile technology wrapped in a cool futuristic design with functionality that instantly makes me think star trek, But when I really think about what it does and how it works, I see how it is taking away all the fun from smartphones, digital communications, and life in general.

If it truly represents the future of mobile, you can keep it. I’ll stick with my iPhone, and here’s why.

this is really very serious

Humane Launches AI Pin (Full Presentation)

The future envisioned by Heumann is no fun at all. Its extremely serious, This became immediately apparent from the tone of the intro video, where the AI ​​Pin was shown in a sterile, almost laboratory-like environment by two people – Humane founders Imran Chaudhry and Bethany Bongiorno – all dressed in black, in a sort of futuristic way. It is more appropriate to tell us about a medical product than about a communication device.

Not every launch event requires flashing lights and epic stunts, but when it’s a product that’s truly different from anything we’re used to, a little something extra is needed so we start. Have been associated with it since. Say how you liked the silly scene of seeing skydivers and BMX riders on the Google I/O stage delivering glasses to Sergey Brin, but it was absolutely memorable and a lot of fun. It inspired me to try it, because I saw possibilities in madness. Glass’s vision of the future makes me say Very good,

If it truly represents the future of mobile, you can keep it.

Humane’s AI Pin introduction didn’t make me say wow at all. The future I imagined with AI Pin was one of white walls, silver jumpsuits, set roles in life, and really taking everything very seriously. AI will organize my life, organize my communications, and exchange messages with my “trusted contacts” related to AI. I will not do Courage Say wow, out of fear that the police will lock me in the cells for a night after I disturb the peace with my unwanted emotional outburst.

In Humane’s future, I may ask the AI ​​Pin to cheer me on in response to a message, but the most I can hope for is that it add “can’t wait” to its otherwise generic, AI-generated reply. Will give. Blimey, calm down, I don’t want to get too carried away with my excitement and make the recipient think I can barely contain myself!

All communication is valuable

Humane's AI PIN device.

Ostensibly designed to reduce time spent on screens and make us “more present” than using a smartphone, the AI ​​pins down the time we waste by interacting with online and digital contacts. Uses AI to reduce It summarizes it and reduces it and prevents you from doing any annoying typing. This gives the impression that all communication through your phone is either irrelevant or unimportant and can all be better dealt with by AI.

“My AI PIN will set up our next meeting with your AI PIN” is how I view future interactions. I didn’t see any emotion in the AI ​​pin, which is troubling because, personally, a lot of my online and digital communications are filled with emotion. Although I appreciate that my job is entirely about writing, so I’m attached to words, I don’t think dictating messages is always as natural as typing them.

Not only is it not as natural, but it’s also not always better. Yet voice is the only way you interact with the AI ​​Pin. I’m not going to verbally express my feelings, send heartfelt condolences to anyone, or tell anyone why I miss them over my AI pin in public, and I’m skeptical. That I’m alone in this. However, without a keyboard, there is no other way to do this. But that’s okay because I’ve come to realize that heightened emotional states have no place in Humane’s world.

Change your phone, remove the fun

A person wearing a human AI pin.

Any attempts to display your emotions will likely be stamped out by the AI ​​PIN, allowing you to enjoy the purely personalized social experiences it has set up for you. But what about when you want to rest or spend some time on the mass transportation system that takes you back to your pod? No, sorry, the AI ​​Pin does not have a screen, so you can’t read, watch videos, or play games.

However, you can listen to music, as demonstrated by Humane. What music did he choose to accompany this event? blue danube Waltz by Johann Strauss, which many will know from the soundtrack 2001: A Space Odyssey, This is a movie about an AI-dominated future where nothing ever goes wrong, so it was a perfect example to use.

Maybe I should go on a trip or take my mind off things with breakfast? I can show the AI ​​PIN what I have, and it will tell me its nutritional components and add them to my daily intake. Because that’s just what food is, right? Livelihood, and never anything to enjoy. I saw no surprises at all in Heuman’s presentation of the AI ​​Pin. There is no opportunity for entertainment and no real personal interaction with the digital world. It just has streamlining, canned responses, summarization and cleanliness.

How much does it cost?

A person using a human AI PIN.

I’m not entirely sure this should be the case, but Humane’s AI PIN can’t replace your phone. It does not have the ability to replicate all the diverse features and experiences offered by smartphones. There is no screen or keyboard, and no creativity is allowed in the camera, which only takes pictures and videos from its own perspective. There are no apps, so you’re at the mercy of what Humane prepares for you and what services it lets you use.

It’s certainly not cheaper than a $700 smartphone with a $24 per month subscription fee. And you have to allocate a new number for the AI ​​PIN, which your friends (current or long lost) will not have. Realistically, you will have to run around and pay for smartphones with AI PINs for some time, unless you are completely committed to removing happiness and friends from your life today.

A person using a human AI PIN.

I don’t mind paying a premium for new technology, but the AI ​​Pin doesn’t seem like it does anything better than my smartphone. Instead, it implicitly accuses me of never having fun, being creative, or even enjoying some free time. The AI ​​Pin is a seemingly soulless piece of technology that you’re expected to proudly display on your body, its trust light shining for all to see. Its The Stepford Wives meeting of minority ReportSet up on the enterprise, but with only the onboard computers for the company.

I’d love to be proven wrong and find out that it’s just the initial promotional message that’s a bit dry, not the product or experience. But there’s nothing about AI PINs that gives me that essential intrinsic fizz that encourages me to open my wallet and find out.

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