Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Google’s Calendar Now Finds Spare Time and Fills It Up - The New York Times

I'll need to find some time to look into this...

"On Wednesday, the company is introducing new features to its popular calendar that will enable people to program in their aspirations for times when they don’t have work or meetings scheduled.

Google’s algorithms will then seek appropriate gaps in a schedule in which stuff like exercise or discussing life with one’s spouse might be appropriate. While this means putting more of ourselves inside the machine, Google argues that its method is more efficient.

“It’s a tool to help us against ourselves, and all the short-term things we agree to do in our calendar,” said Dan Ariely, a university professor, best-selling author and Google employee who worked on the new tool. “Empty time where you think you’ll do something loses precedence to things on the calendar that are concrete and specific.”"
Google’s Calendar Now Finds Spare Time and Fills It Up - The New York Times
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