I sat-in on a CSE seminar recently, where a big crowd is exploring the state of the art in human-and-computer-together intelligence. It was really fun. The topic was a discussion of a paper on human/computer collaboration from the 1990s:
Grosz, B. J. (1996). Collaborative systems (AAAI-94 presidential address). AI magazine, 17(2), 67.
But just as fun as the classic article and discussion it inspired, was an even older vision of what digital assistants might be, from Apple in the 1980s:
I left thinking that a knowledge navigator like the one Apple envisioned is not really collaboration, but when it makes the Brazil and Sahara simulations work together, that might be collaboration. But to be a true collaborator, both agents need to want something (or “desire” something?) for themselves.
I hope I have time to attend again soon.