Google launched its new messaging app, Allo, today. It features artificially intelligent software that reads your conversations and serves up a short list of personalized features. And you know what? I don’t like this idea.
Allo forces you to trade in the privacy and security you might gain from other messaging apps so that you can use a AI chatbot that will recommend you restaurants and stuff. Eventually, this data and these services could become a new revenue stream for the company. It’s so far unclear whether swapping privacy for convenience will serve users like you and me, however.