ILA THE DIGITAL WORLD L A case for resurrecting Clippy by TAK SATO or increasingly making appearances in the smart devices category with internet con- nectivity aka Internet of Things or IoT for short such as SmartTV or various smart IoT products that make up the Smart Home cat- egory In fact these voice assistants get their intelligence from the internet alka the cloud o you remember Clippy? His official name was Clippit and his official capacity as an office assistant meant Clippy used his charm to give users helpful advice for the office productivity software suite from Microsoft that they were using to b even though it can provide rudimentary help just like Clippy did when disconnected from the digital world Although consumers either loved or hated Clippy's assistance two decades ago I believe the representation of assistants as animated characters giving audio andor visual cues in operating a device should be propitious Combining the ever-increasing sophisti- cation of artificial intelligence with the visual representation of assistants giving step-by- step guidance to successfully accomplish a repeatable task on smartphones tablets or computers should be helpful This is akin to how robots have become more human-like aka becoming an android where interaction between humans and robots continues to create documents and crunch numbers Clippy and other office assistant charac- ters available for selection garnered a lot of criucism from computer users Many deemed Clippy to be intrusive and annoying per Wikipedia because it interrupted the user's workflow at inopportune times and with rather elementary advice to the task at hand To its creators' credit the ability to silence office assistants like Clippy from interrupting one's workflow was offered but that did not appease users enough Clippy and his gang of user- selectable office assistants bid farewell in 2001 From a geek perspective perhaps the artificial intelligence built into consumer products was still nascent back then and resulted in Clippy dishing out unpolished and rudimentary advice that annoyed more people than it helped The artificial intelligence in 2019 that underpins voice assistants like Alexa Amazon Siri Apple and Google Assis- tant Google are many times more sophisti- cated in their intelligence compared to what was fueling Clippy and the gang almost two decades ago! Voice assistants are also ubiquitous where they as computers smartphones and tablets be more like how two humans interact with each other The more relatable the assistants become visually the better the chances of accepting the help it provides Voice assistants to many are already very helpful and adding the visual cues a la Clippy should make it even better With careful planning as to when and how these assistants are summoned to duty it should avoid what Microsoft did to Clippy premature- ly Artificial intelligence aka the brains behind the operation of these assistants have vastly improved and will keep improving! are baked into traditional devices such If we must ressurect Clippy then who will conduct the ritual? Meme











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