AI need: triggers, actions & rewards

Wednesday 19th July 2017
Grid AI injecting emotion

For AI (Artificial Intelligence) to leverage the intelligent and scalable engagement that many predict to stem from the technology, it must be underpinned by an understanding of the habits and behaviours of humans, which drive engagement in the first instance.

According to Jamie Woolnough, (right) head of user-experience at mobile app development firm DOGFISH Mobile. AI is integral to the future of customer experience and is increasingly becoming the primary focus for many of the biggest technology companies.  Microsoft outlined its vision for AI at a London event announcing that it is to put people at the centre of AI strategy, focused on solving some of society’s most fundamental challenges. Google also launches a new initiative designed to improve how users work with AI to reinforce the firm’s continuing focus on AI development, moving away from mobile.

Woolnough welcomes these moves, but warns that for AI to add value and break new ground within the customer experience, it must be prepared to learn from legacy processes, which have often hampered engagement:                              

“There is no denying the scope of possibility within AI and if investment continues at the current level then the rate of accomplishment for projects will undoubtedly flourish. But for firms to gleam true success, the fate of many will rest in their ability to understand habits and behaviours that drive engagement. From this, emotion and personality can then be injected into the AI to make it relatable to the consumer, and improve the customer experience.”

 By way of an example, Woolnough, talks about the challenges seen within mobile app design when it comes to user engagement, and stresses that there are lessons to be learnt when employing the same principles to AI design. “Many tech firms are moving away from a mobile-first strategy and now prioritising AI, but  to be effective firms must be prepared to avoid legacy trappings which often hold back user engagement; something enterprise firms are particularly susceptible to when it comes to mobile app design.”

“In practice, many organisations see the key to app engagement in speed and ease-of-use. While this is in-part true, one fundamental lesson often ignored is the need for the right mix of utility and reward. Understanding and leveraging habit-forming technology is critical to this. The principles of the technology are built on understanding the triggers, actions, rewards and the investment an individual makes in an application. From this it allows us to then identify the hooks that keep people coming back again and again. For businesses, it allows you to then build more intuitive platforms that can drive greater performance and engagement amongst users.

“Critically, these principles are going to be integral when supporting and designing new emerging technologies. In the case of AI, many see this as the future first-point-of-contact for organisations and therefore ensuring a rewarding customer experience is integral. Speed and efficiency of the service is one element, but also the ability to inject emotion will be key. Understanding and adapting language accordingly, as well as accessing richer forms of media, will allow for a better experience and provide a better connection between user and AI. From this an organisation can then gain a better understanding of its customer base and ultimately improve engagement.”  

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