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Humanised operating system

Besides your clock are icons for food, money, accommodation and travel
 
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Your computer knows or can know:

how much money you have

how to book train tickets

how to book flights

when you are meant to be where (calendar)

what you like to eat

where you are

what meetings you have

where you're staying the night

how many calories you need

how many calories are in a meal

what menus are available nearby

if you are staying in a hotel

if the hotel does room service

I propose that operating systems become food-aware systems.

In Android you swipe from the top and click Food. In Windows you click Start and click Food (or click he food icon next to the clock in the notification area)

Rather than opening an app to manage your money or order food, you can let your operating system do it.

You let the computer know you are a hungry it manages the picking of a meal. It scours the reviews of different food options and the locality and picks an option which is nearby and reasonably reviewed.

Your computer can book your train or flight tickets and hotel bookings on your behalf too.

I propose calendaring is used to decide where and when to book things on my behalf.

chronological, Apr 17 2020

The Gift https://www.youtube...watch?v=5eIMafROjyo
Sci-fi short [Voice, Apr 18 2020]

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       in general, we should use computers to make our lives eaier
theircompetitor, Apr 17 2020
  

       > in general, we should use computers to make our lives eaier   

       I agree we should use computers to make our lives eaier   

       Uber Eats (food), Just Eat (food), Expedia (travel), Booking (hotels), Yolt (money aggregagation) and equivalent apps just make my life more complicated. I want the computer to do the work.
chronological, Apr 17 2020
  

       If someone can make money from it, it will happen.   

       Not sure why this needs to be implemented at the OS level rather than the application level; it seems more like an application thing.
8th of 7, Apr 17 2020
  

       I think it would cool if the desktop was a bit like a Heads Up Display. It shows my full name, why can't it show personal details about my life?   

       "Sir, you last ate at 8am. Your next meal is scheduled at 10am. I have contacted the vending machine at your convenience and decided that you would enjoy a peanut butter Kitkat."
chronological, Apr 17 2020
  

       I'm starting to think that [chronological] wants to completely remove their brain; do absolutely no thinking and let a computer run their entire life.
Subroutine: breathe in <pause>
Subroutine: heart beat <pause>
Subroutine: breathe out <pause>
Subroutine: heart beat <pause>
Subroutine: breathe in <pause>
Subroutine: heart beat <pause>
...
neutrinos_shadow, Apr 17 2020
  

       Eighth, it really would be an application (It would be bad to pollute kernel space code with user space), just with tight integration with the desktop. Whereas typical apps show as much as possible to maximise decision making, I propose this takes decisions away from you by default and picks sensible defaults.   

       So you want some thing to eat, it picks Italian by default. Kidding. You can at least pick the kind of food and meal you want to eat.
chronological, Apr 17 2020
  

       If the heuristic algorithms are sufficiently good, it would be able to predict the food type, quantity and time, shirley ?
8th of 7, Apr 18 2020
  

       WIBNI
Voice, Apr 18 2020
  

       //typical apps show as much as possible to maximise decision making//   

       This is true only in so far as typical apps are designed by inexperienced developers.   

       The young, keen developer builds a UI with the subtext "look at all the cool stuff I've made - can I have a gold star?" The journeyman developer, with longer exposure to users, starts by understanding as thoroughly as possible what the user has to accomplish, then approaches as near as possible to a UI with one button, labelled "Just fucking do it", while carefully concealing all the whirring gears which make "it" possible. The master developer, entirely lost to weltschmerz and cynicism, builds a headless server process, and composes a PowerPoint which tactfully conveys to senior management the cost savings they can achieve by firing the users and handing their jobs to the algorithm.   

       You have reason to be grateful, then, if you are still seeing applications which demand decisions of you.
pertinax, Apr 18 2020
  

       //Sir, you last ate at 8am. Your next meal is scheduled at 10am. I have contacted the vending machine at your convenience and decided that you would enjoy a peanut butter Kitkat.// AARGH YOU STUPID MACHINE DON'T CALL ME SIR AND YOU KNOW I HATE PEANUT BUTTER AND DONT BLOODY CALL ME SIR <pulls power cable out>
pocmloc, Apr 18 2020
  

       When we finally do have the strong AI it would take to make this possible, I want a snooty English robobutler capable of being perfectly polite while simultaneously sneering and snarking at everything less well-dressed and English than the Queen at a wedding.
Voice, Apr 18 2020
  

       "Be told by Jeeves" instead of "Ask Jeeves" ?   

       Stephen Fry could voice the AI - very appropriate.
8th of 7, Apr 18 2020
  

       I want a monkey butler.
wagster, Apr 18 2020
  

       We understand that [Voice] is currently seeking a new situation.   

       Of course, there would be the issue of the strong odour of stale urine arising from infrequently-changed underclothing. But if you keep a window open, and put some Magic Tree air fresheners in your pockets, it shouldn't bother him too much.
8th of 7, Apr 18 2020
  
      
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