This summer, I spent the whole day to watch Humans, a TV series about some robots with high-level AI and wants to live life like a human but they had no choice. The story is not a 9-grade or 10-grade story. What makes me fascinated is, how robots react to other humans. They can walk, talk, and think as a person. While without social attribute and human’s growth path, how they react and think tend to different. For example, an old man ask a robot girl to help him open a can. The girl said she never serve people. It’s a strange situation because a robot was born to serve human. Another strange moment I found is in Ex-Machina. Some people think the story does not meet their expectations. But I think Ava’s survival desire and lack of humanity make sense for AI.

I was working on notifications for Google+ this summer, which gave me an opportunity to rethink about notifications around our life. As a human, when we notify our parents and friend, we will think about when we tell them, where we tell, and what kind of language we use, to make sure they feel comfortable. Machine doesn’t know when we want to see notifications, who we really care, and what we want to know. Product designers are designing for user retention of their products, which can earn more money for their companies. How about the future? Are we still pushing notifications every day, every hour, to attract users?

Now, I am looking at human to human interaction. How we communicate can be implemented to how we interact with technology. As a designer, I am looking for how I can intervene in the field of notifying.


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