Things I think about because we haven’t found the next native UI yet:
Imagine a world where you don’t need to search for something on your phone, because your phone finds it and tells you first. Maybe even before you realize you want to search for anything.
It’s a world Google expects soon, one that poses an existential quandary for the search giant: What happens if the one doing the telling isn’t Google?
That’s one of the chief concerns of Aparna Chennapragada, the Google executive who has run Google Now, its AI-driven smart personal assistant, for the past two years. Her aim is to have Google Now surface stuff that’s highly relevant to users — local weather, favorite sports scores, calendar appointments — but also in ways that can be predictive, prescient. She wants it to answer questions people may not even have thought to ask.