New application of the Golden Rule to AI development: Marvelous Achievement

What is Golden Rule?

Rule-Based Systems. A rule-based system (e.g., production system, expert system) uses rules as the knowledge representation. These rules are coded into the system in the form of if-then-else statements.

How does the Golden Rule apply to developers of artificial intelligence (AI)?

To simplify the application let’s assume there are only two people involved. One runs a small trucking company but also knows how to develop sophisticated AI. This business owner develops an AI enabled system capable of driving his truck. The other person is the truck driver, whom the owner no longer needs. If the owner believed in following the Golden Rule, how should he treat his driver? 

Let’s assume the driver has worked for the company for forty years but is not yet financially ready to retire. A number of answers are possible. Some companies have bridged long-time employees to retirement. The owner might do that for his driver. Some companies have given generous severance packages with various re-employment services. The owner might choose that path. Most would agree that an owner who believed in the Golden Rule would take some actions that soften the impact of bringing in AI and replacing a worker. About the only wrong answer would be keeping all the profit enabled by the use of AI and letting the long-time employee suffer the full impact of being replaced.

Too often the other Golden Rule is applied: “He who has the gold rules!” When this happens, little, or no, effort is made to soften the impact. All the profits enabled by AI are kept for the business executives and investors. No law requires an employer to soften the blow of being replaced by AI but ethically that is what the Golden Rule instructs us to do.

1. Prioritize the Business Case

2. Consider user experience

3. Choose a scalable platform

4. Never compromise customer data

5. Recognize that going live isn’t last base.

Top 10 AI apps

  1. Siri

Siri, the famous virtual assistant from Apple doesn’t need too much of an introduction, and it’s one of the most popular AI apps. This AI-powered virtual assistant is available on major Apple platforms, e.g., iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and audios.


Siri uses voice queries and a natural language user interface (UI) to function, and it can make calls, send text messages, answer questions, and offer recommendations. It delegates requests to several Internet services, moreover, Siri can adapt to users’ language, searches, and preferences.

The popularity of Siri becomes clear from a survey conducted in September 2018, where the respondents were American adults. The survey showed that 44% of the smartphone users that used a voice assistant are using Siri, putting Siri ahead of competitors. You can read about this in “Apple Siri continues to lead in voice assistant usage on smartphones”.

  • Cortana

Another AI app that hardly needs an introduction is Cortana, the virtual assistant from Microsoft. This AI-powered virtual assistant is available on Windows 10, Windows mobile, Invoke smart speaker, Microsoft Band, Android, iOS, Windows Mixed Reality (MR), Amazon Alexa, and Xbox One.


Cortana is also available on popular headsets like HyperX CloudX, Razer Kraken 7.1 V2, Logitech G933, and Sennheiser GSP350. Windows 10 PCs have Cortana in-built, and it can help users of such PCs with simple tasks from day one.

Cortana offers hands-free help, answers questions, provides reminders, keeps notes, takes care of tasks, and helps in managing the calendar. Over time, Cortana “learns” and attends to more complex tasks.

Cortana uses natural language processing, Bing search engine, and data from devices to offer personalized recommendations, moreover, it has an API that can work with various Windows and 3rd party apps.

  • Google Assistant
3Google Assistant

Launched in 2016, Google Assistant, i.e., the AI-enabled, voice-powered virtual assistant from Google has made significant strides. It’s considered as one of the more advanced virtual assistants.

Google has entered into partnerships with several companies and made Google Assistant available on a wide range of devices, e.g., smartphones, fridges, headphones, and cars. You can read more about the growing reach of Google Assistant in “What is Google Assistant and what can it do?”.

Google Assistant supports both voice or text entry, and it uses natural language processing. It offers various services, e.g., voice commands, voice searching, voice-activated device control, helping with tasks, finding information online, sending reminders, making appointments, translating in real-time, etc.

An October 2018 report indicated that Google has expanded the reach of Google Assistant significantly, and it now works with 10,000 devices across 1,000 brands. This includes iPhones, and indications are that Google will partner with more brands. Its active user base is increasing noticeably.

You need to install and configure Google Assistant on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs since it’s not readily available on these. Read more about it in “How to run voice activated Google Assistant on Windows PC”.

  • Alexa

Alexa, also called Amazon Alexa, is the AI-powered virtual assistant from Amazon. It was first used with Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers, however, now it’s available on various platforms like Android, iOS, etc.

Alexa uses voice queries, natural language processing, etc. to offer many services, e.g., voice interaction, music playback, etc. It can create to-do lists, set up alarms, stream podcasts, play audiobooks, moreover, Alexa can provide real-time information on weather, traffic, news, sports, etc.

Many devices with Alexa let users activate Alexa with a wake-word, e.g., however, other devices like Android or iOS require users to push a button. You can use Alexa on PCs like Windows and Mac, and this requires a few simple steps to set it up.

  • ELSA Speak
5ELSA Speak

ELSA Speak is a popular AI-powered app to learn how to speak English. Users of this app can learn how to speak English and pronounce English words with the help of short dialogues. AI helps them with instant feedback, therefore, they can expect to make quick progress.

This app uses speech recognition technology, and its website claims that there have been over 4.4 million downloads of its app. ELSA Speak also claims to have over 3.6 million users in 101 countries.

There is a trial period of 7 days, subsequently, the user will need to buy ELSA Pro. ELSA Speak is available on Android and iOS, however, there are no PC or Mac versions at the time of writing.

  • Socratic

Socratic is an AI-powered app to help students with math and other homework, and Google has recently disclosed that it has acquired this app. Students can take pictures using their phone camera, subsequently, Socratic uses its AI capabilities to provide visual explanations for the concepts that students need to learn.

Socratic uses text and speech recognition, and it can support learning science, math, literature, social studies, etc. This app is available on Android and iOS, and it’s compatible with the iPad.

The statistics from Google Play shows over 5 million downloads at the time of writing. The Socratic iOS app enjoys high popularity too, as the high rating in the Apple App Store indicates.

  • Fyle

Fyle is an AI-powered expense management app, and it’s available on desktop, Android and iOS. It’s a key player in the intelligent expense management space, and Fyle has recently launched direct integrations with Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365.


Real-time data extraction;
Expense reporting;
Tracking corporate cards;
Real-time policy checks;
Approval workflows;
Travel advances;
Travel requests;
Integration with popular travel management, HRMS, accounting, and ERP software.

  • DataBot

DataBot is an AI-powered virtual assistant, and it’s available on Windows 10, Android, and iOS. It’s also available on Xbox One, iPad, iPod, Android tablets, and Windows phones.

This app answers your questions in its voice, and it addresses the topics that matter to you. DataBot has services integrated within it that provide you with images, information, and multimedia presentations based on the topic of your interest. It uses Google searches, Wikipedia, RSS channels, etc. to provide you with information.

You can customize DataBot according to your preference of language, voice, etc. DataBot can speak and understand English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese. Using DataBot, you can share information using SMS, email, and social media.

  • Hound

Hound is an AI-powered voice assistant app, and it’s available both on Android and iOS. You can search for information using your natural voice, and then you can follow-up to refine the results. Hound can be used hands-free.

It can give you accurate results quickly, and it can make a phone call or send a text message for you. You can get news, weather information, find a hotel nearby, navigate to an address, call an Uber, check flight status, and more!

The app uses its proprietary Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies. Hound has an impressive array of customers, e.g., Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Motorola, and Hyundai.

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Abhishek Shah

Journalist at TechMantle Technology Writer, Entrepreneurship, Business, IoT, Management

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