Not exactly about the writing business, but perhaps a sci-fi writing prompt.
From The Wall Street Journal:
Raquel Collings often has morning coffee with her management coach. She reviews her goals in her new job as a corporate manager and ponders whether she’s spending her time wisely.
The coaching topics are the only part of the sessions that is conventional.
Ms. Collings’ coach is a bot—a manager-training app powered by the artificial intelligence of IBM ’s Watson. The app, Coach Amanda, serves up tips on her phone in five- to 10-minute videos and texts that Ms. Collings consumes during spare moments in her workday.
When she recently texted the bot that she doubted her ability to review a colleague’s performance, it chided her for being too hard on herself, based on a personality test in the app showing she was highly conscientious. “I thought, ‘Wow, she called me out on this,’ ” says Ms. Collings, a marketing manager for First United Bank, a Durant, Okla., financial-services company.
As more millennials move into management jobs, many are finding they lack basic training in such supervisory skills as delivering feedback and delegating work. A new crop of AI-driven coaching apps and platforms are aiming to fill the gap, including Butterfly, Qstream and LEADx, the Philadelphia-based maker of Coach Amanda.
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Ken Ryzner says Coach Amanda helped him run richer brainstorming sessions with colleagues by suggesting he ask more questions. He cringed, however, at the app’s response when he reported he had finished one of its assigned tasks.
“She came back with, ‘I’m so proud of you.’ It’s weird to me when a chatbot has kind of fake emotions. I was like, ‘That’s creepy. That’s weird.’ ” says Mr. Ryzner, a 49-year-old instructional designer at Red Nucleus, a Yardley, Pa., provider of custom learning applications.
Coach Amanda isn’t as good as a human coach, says Kevin Kruse, LEADx’s founder. “If you can afford $250 to $500 an hour, go get a human,” he says. “But AI is democratizing leadership training.” The cost is far less—$30 a month for individual buyers, and $20 a month for employees (or less for larger employers).
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If Humu identifies a morale problem, such as a feeling among employees that their boss is making questionable decisions or being too secretive, the platform might nudge the manager to explain his decisions more clearly, Mr. Bock says. Employees might get nudges at the same time aimed at restoring trust in the manager, by suggesting he or she has good intentions and is just really busy, or wants to avoid distracting them.
Link to the rest at The Wall Street Journal
PG wondered how a lawyer-coaching system might work.
“Studies have shown that the average attorney includes 53 semicolons in a 15-page contract. You have only used 19. Would you like me to suggest locations where you could insert additional semicolons to match the expected frequency of use? If you prefer, I could insert them automatically.”