The Impact of Human Motivation
I have always been fascinated with human motivation and consequent behaviour. We, humans, continue to do things we know are bad for us and are not motivated to do things that are good for us.
As technology and AI have become prevalent, I also question our motivations and behaviours related to AI. AI is developing based on the data we provide.
If we are not motivated to do good things–then the AI learns that too right?
AI can be the foundation to trigger desired healthy behaviour
I recently bought an Apple Watch, partly because I like checking my ECG and having my emergency information on my wrist — a great replacement for the old medic alert bracelets! However, the real benefit has been that it has somehow become a motivation partner.
That’s because it transcends pure technology by addressing the issue of human motivation, what we need to give us a push to change our behaviour.
It becomes an accountability partner.
I work at a computer every single day, often seated and my watch reminds me to stand up every hour. It’s not because I don’t know that I need to stand up and move — or breathe! — but it recognizes that I may need a prompt to remind me because I am so focused on what I am doing that I don’t remember to get up.
More interestingly it also notifies me when my friends have completed their exercise. By creating accountability partners in my friends, the watch and the information encourage me to level up.
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