SYMBY is almost here, and I’m thrilled!

We all know that digital technology is having a large-scale impact on our world – our cultures, politics, relationships, jobs, etc.  The list goes on and on.

And the current zeitgeist seems to suggest, no matter where one lands on various topics of concern, that the overall effect is negative.

After all, how many times have you noticed yourself staring into your phone for no real reason?  How many times have you heard a comment about „phone addiction“ at a dinner party, or in the news, or in a video on YouTube – which you were probably watching on your phone!

But is it really that we are just developing bad habits?  Or is a fundamental paradigm shift taking place?

We are now at a stage in human history, and human evolution, where we are not only making tools, but our tools are so sophisticated that they are starting to really shape us.  Therefore, a major question of the next decade is whether or not humans will be able to create genuine artificial intelligence, rather than what we have now, which is a kind of narrow artificial intelligence (which includes everything from chess bots, to computer vision systems in cars, to the recommender algorithms used by various social media platforms).

And as we hurtle toward that future, what will our relationship to AI be?  Will we continue to be addicted to the technology?

Maybe another way to think about our “addiction” to technology is to consider it from the perspective of developing a relationship with a new form of “intelligence”.

And at the moment, what we are experiencing could be described as “digital parasitism” – where big tech companies use smart technologies to take our data, violate our privacy, make us cranky, and in the meanwhile, they make all the profit.

Is this the kind of relationship we want to have with new AI technologies?

What happened to the optimism of the early internet days?  Where is the spirit of adventure?

To be clear – tech companies have also driven innovations that benefit us in ways previously unimaginable, and many are struggling with the enormous responsibility that comes along with being on the cutting edge of such massively revolutionary technology.  But maintaining those complex, expensive systems may be what is blinding them from going to the next level.

That’s where Symby comes in.

Symby’s first job is to help students.  To truly extend human intelligence, with search technology that delivers focused, high quality results, and from a source that isn’t beholden to advertisers.  It is a tool students can really learn with, and that protects their privacy along the way.

Symby is the artificial intelligence that represents a new way of thinking about AI, and our relationship to digital technology in general.

Rather than digital parasitism, we want to create a product that is all about „digital symbiosis„.

And Symby is learning too – every time you search for something, we work on Symby to help it get better, and to deliver relevant, accurate information.  Symby also strives to keep the content appropriate for learners, keeping them as safe as possible from inappropriate images and content.

We have high hopes for Symby, and are developing other products to expand Symby’s capabilities.  And we have a lot of cool ideas to keep a lookout for in the future.  But our highest hope is that by focusing on education, we can start to influence the direction of this technological paradigm shift, and bring back some of that enthusiasm for digital innovation, as well as fostering a healthier relationship with technology, so that it really works for you, and not the other way around.

Try today, and be a part of that change!