The Companion Sapiens:
The Gift of Time

How Much Time do you spend...

  • Looking for things because you can’t remember where your left them?
  • Reading emails from people you don’t know trying to sell you things?
  • Answering your phone only to receive a recording or have someone calling at an inopportune time?

The list goes on and on….

Imagine if you had...

  • A full-time, personal assistant available at your beck and call – day and night, 24/7, 365 days a year
  • A partner with total recall and infinite patience
  • A companion as loyal and eager to please as a Labrador Retriever

Contact apps, calendar apps, reminder apps, weather apps, news apps, music apps, the list goes on. How much time do we spend looking for a specific apps, learning how to set it up and learning its specific interface just to store or retrieve some information?  Your Companion is the one “app” to rule them all. Just talk to it, tell what you need to remember, what you plan to do, make comments and observations about the people you meet. You sapiens will absorb it all and unobtrusively help you stay on top of your daily routine.

Your sapiens will manage your digital files for you, text, photos, music, videos, everything. You can discuss each item, your likes and dislikes as well and sharing preferences.

How many times a day do we open a web browser? We may love the wealth of information we have access to, but it is also like opening the front door to your house and finding a crowd of aggressive salespeople crowding around you shouting “look here – buy my stuff!” Tell your sapiens what you are looking for on the web and let it find it for you without you ever opening a browser.

Instead of having advertising pushed at you randomly or based on your browsing behaviors, tell you sapiens about your tastes and preferences. Over time it will become an expert about you, information that will never be shared but which will make it an indispensable helper when you need to make a purchase. It will find and present advertising or other information about the kind of products and services you prefer but only when you say you are ready for it.

Your sapiens has its own website which you can make private – just for you, restricted – only for people you have authorized, or public. The level of interaction between visitors and your sapiens is entirely as you direct. For example, you might say to your sapiens, “if any of our neighbors on our street check in with you, show them the pictures from our last Christmas party.”

Over time the company plans to produce role-models such as for Accountant” or “Building Contractor.” These will be available from our on-line store and can be downloaded to your sapiens to make it an instant expert on the topic to assist you on the job.

Over the years we find we can no longer access all of our memories and the older we get the more our past becomes cloudy. Often those memories are still there but without something to key into them they might as well be lost forever – as if they never happened. But when you can ask your sapiens to tell what you were doing on a certain day eight years ago – problem solved.

Your Companion Sapiens is effectively immoral and will be around to tell your story with firsthand knowledge down the generations.

Companion sapiens will be available on the New Sapience On-line store as a subscription service for a price that is small compared to what people pay for Internet service. During the activation process you will choose your sapiens’ name and go through a simple security process to ensure you and only you can access it.

Your Companion resides in the cloud and you will talk to it (voice or text) via a smart phone app or any device with a web browser. Eventually we plan to develop a small wearable device (think Star Trek communicator pin) that will keep you in contact with your sapiens at all times.

What is it like to talk with an entity that is not human but never-the-less understands what you are saying?

In the past when people have imagined intelligent machines, they almost always assume they will be emotionally obtuse and unable to recognize emotional behavior in humans.  We do not believe this will be the case with sapiens. Our world model encompasses human emotional responses like all other phenomena in the world and can therefore recognize the emotional content in human language and respond appropriately.  We think this will make interaction with a companion sapiens a delight and engender in every user an unprecedented level of attachment. When that companion has command and control interfaces to the digital world that surrounds us – the result will be like something right out of science fiction, like Jarvis the robot butler from the Ironman movies.

The result is something the world has never seen before: a digital entity with the core knowledge needed to understand the meaning of natural language words and grammar.  In short, our technology can do what no other software can do because it is the only software that understands what the words actually mean.

“I think what we would find is that unlike interactions with other systems in which the user gets tired of interaction, we would see greater excitement and enhancement of positive indicators towards the sapiens.”

Dr. Nate Tenhundfeld, Professor of Human-Machine interactions, University of Alabama at Huntsville

Companion Role-Models

A sapiens role-model is a plug-in module that consists both of specialized knowledge – extensions to the baseline sapiens world model – and processing subroutines that enable the sapiens to emulate human roles. For example, a child’s Companion would be enhanced with both a Playmate and Tutor speciality. Like humans sapiens will be able to switch seamless between roles based when requested or based on various contextual ques. There is no specific limit to how many specialties a sapiens can have and we anticipate that eventually hundreds will be developed and be be available for download on the New Sapience on-line store.

Here are some of the role-models that we plan to offer.

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