Thought provoking as always Mr. Kunz! I think we live beyond the voice activation tech. Voice activation solves a problem, it simplifies a daily task, I’m grateful for that but we can extend it. My idea of the future is not what makes our life more simple, it’s what makes us happy which brings me to imagination. For example, my name is Tara so let’s say I like the movie “Gone with the wind”. Do you ever notice how movies are made to entertain and you watch them in the loneliest moments wishing you were the star. Ponder that. The future for me is when we can insert ourselves as the main character of any storyline in film or reality to experience it in our own environment. So yes, I’m thinking about Artificial Intelligence here and forms of VR cinematic experience but for deeper example, the way my AI secretary schedules meetings for my day and responds to my clients in email as if she is me, at this point, my AI secretary knows how I make decisions, my behaviors on the web, communication, she is most helpful and I love her/him/it like a human being. But what if we applied that tech to creating a movie with me as the main character in “Gone with the wind” so I could simply go home from a days work and unwind to my favorite story starring me as Scarlet O’Hara. This can be done in advancement of VR technology for cinematic experience. That’s the coolest thing about the future, how we can entertain ourselves with our own ego’s in play and yes, it will all be beamed to us Ben, no way is their desktop or keyboards, every story clip will display on every wall we walk pass day and night whether it’s 5th avenue buildings or walls in your apartment, the story will follow you and we’ll all be chipped to see what we want to see in any given moment. I think about this because when I look at how the internet of things began, at first it was to find information but then it became a way to be entertained so I think the next internet of things is VR application for self experience starring you and is beamed to you wherever you are in any moment. Ultimately entertaining our own imagination.]]>
Hi Yvonne, I worked at the Rutledge Inn, in the summer of 1979 as a waitress for your parents! I remember you, your sister,and your brother. It was such a fun summer. The Inn was on a gorgeous spot on the lake, and the whole summer was an amazing experience. I convinced quite a few girls from the Essex Jct. XC running team to work there that summer. One day your dad dropped us off 9 miles away and had us run back to The Rutledge Inn. It was a very hot day! I remember that he was a Nordic Ski coach! He was thrilled that we were up for the challenge! The lake felt amazing when we made it back. The summer of 1979 was very special. Hi to your parents!]]>
Just looking to re-visit Vermont after 20-odd years and discovered that the Rutledge Inn has gone. Really sad. Quirky places like that are what travellers tales are made of….the steps etc were a challenge for a wheelchair using family, but there was no shortage of help. Particularly the folks who drove me goodness knows how far to get a new key for my hire car when I locked it in the boot (trunk).
Stayed for a few days in 1991 with our children & had the most wonderful time on the lake – my son even found a dollar bill on he lake bed whilst diving – truly a treasured possession!
I never came across such a cross-section of society in one place anywhere else. The kids still talk about it.
Hi Nancy! I have such fond memories of the inn, especially the game nights when we used to play the horse racing games and bingo! I’m trying to remember what the horse racing game looked like and was wondering if you had any pictures or memory of it.]]>
I stayed at the Rut for a week every summer throughout my childhood, until it closed. Swimming, sandcastles contests, canoeing with my Dad, even the cute daily menus and the bell to let people know meals were ready. So many of my happiest childhood memories are tied there. I’m 31 now and still tell my husband stories about it, and hope to find someplace similar in the future to bring our now 10 month old.]]>
I can remember the last year i was there 1993 as a teenager my parents brought us for 8 or 9 years. The funyaks water skiing .. I can remember knowing everything at 15 and trying to land on the dock and sit on the dock after skiing .. All I can say is timing is everything hitting the dock with both Schins and landing on water on other side so glad I didn’t break my legs. I’m sure I’m the only one you can skin their hand playing shuffle board. It was an amazing time.]]>
Yvonne! I don’t think I would have ever learned to waterski if it wasn’t for you, I remember when I finally got up you jumped in the water to congratulate me. I miss the Rutledge. I’m not sure if you remember me, but I am sure you remember my very eccentric mother, Carole Becker. Hope all is well with you!]]>
Cailyn, not sure if you remember me, but my family used to go to the Rutledge every year that first week also! I remember you and I hanging out together and I actually think I have a picture of us building a sand castle ha. Glad I came across this blog, hope all is well with you. 🙂]]>
The main point is well-taken: algorithmic personalization is tough. Yep, it’s tough, and largely because it’s not currently easy for the algorithm to read the context that wraps a given user’s experience at any point in time. Are they shopping for themselves? Are they viewing with their family or by themselves. You note that, and my guess is that these will be problems that companies like Netflix, Amazon and the like will *have* to address.
The novelty point is a good one, but it is not antithetical to personalization. They are, in fact, linked. As the good folks at NBC used to say during the rerun season, “if you have seen it, it’s new to you.” Personalization is designed to surface that which we have not yet seen, but which certain patterns suggest we should.
Finally, the most important versions of personalization on the market right now are less driven by algorithm and more driven by interest graphs. Google’s “People Also Searched For” is one example. Amazon’s “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” is another. This is not the same personalization as simply saying “show me what I want to see”, but it is nevertheless personalization that is simply coached by us offering a hint or seed from which the system can then look at others’ interests and map them back to mine for recommendations that are usually quite valuable.]]>