While technology has surely made businesses more efficient through video conferences, calendar updates, and emails, it has also crowded our limited time. Google believes the solution for less procrastination and more productivity is the same: technology.
The company is introducing today a new feature named Goals to the calendar that is meant to enable users to create time for their aspirations when they do not work. The algorithms of the company will automatically look for gaps in your schedule during which you can exercise or spend time with your loved ones. While this means you will include your personal life in the calendar, Google believes it is the best way to organize your free time.
Dan Ariely is the best-selling author of “Predictably Irrational” and behavioral economics and psychology professor at the Duke University, who has worked on the new feature and he has stated that Google Calendar Goals
“It’s a tool to help us against ourselves, and all the short-term things we agree to do in our calendar. Empty time where you think you’ll do something loses precedence to things on the calendar that are concrete and specific.”
In order to use the new feature, users will have to choose from a variety of options including “skill building”, “exercise” or “me time”. Additionally, you will have to select when you wish to do the specific activity, how often and for what duration of time. Next, Google Calendar will automatically search for free spots in your time and create a schedule. After marking the goal as completed or not, the algorithm will figure out if a better program is necessary or not and change it accordingly.
The latest update for Google Calendar comes as a response to the rising interest in time management shown by Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook. These companies have implemented artificial intelligence bots to help users with any needs they have, including organizing their time.
However, some believe that such software agents can diminish human interactions, like Sherry Turkle who studies technology’s social effects at the Institute of Technology in Massachusetts. She has argued that the calendar software from Google seems to be a truly promising alternative to programs which pretend to understand and know us.
However, some believe that such software agents can diminish human interactions, like Sherry Turkle, who studies technology’s social effects at the Institute of Technology in Massachusetts. She has argued that the calendar software from Google seems to be a truly promising alternative to programs which pretend to understand and know us.
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