Hi WUS'ers... Frontline released an episode on Artificial Intelligence. Where it stands, where it comes from and where it's going in the future. Keep in mind its one piece of journalism, or in this case its one piece divided into 5 cases. A journalist always has viewpoints and picks / choses which views to share in the piece. So its not a full picture entirely, but I think this piece does a good job presenting multiple cases.
In summary, the term "Artificial Intelligence" in a certain aspect is the tech-fancy, politically correct buzz-word for selling peoples personal information after covertly / discretely harvesting, storing and algorithmically analyzing it for financial gain.
It's relevant for smartwatch users, because these devices are personal data harvesters for the app developers, software developers and watch manufacturers. As fitness trackers that is the real price we are paying for using these devices. The cost of the device is just the front door. We pay by forking over our personal information... age, gender, ethnicity, weight loss/gain, sleep history, GPS locations, heart rates, step counts, types of fitness activities, when we partake in fitness activities, calories expended...etc...etc.
Google bought fitbit for $2.1B (!!) a month ago... you can bet every one of those dollars they are going to cash in on the wealth of fitness data harvested by that user population.
I think it's important to let traditional horology fans / collectors know about this truth before they add a smartwatch to their collections.