A Review Of My Experience Using Mylestone
Artificial Intelligence intrigues me, so I was excited to try out a new service through Amazon’s Alexa called Mylestone, which creates a story-memory out of photographs. The way that AI interacts with human emotion and data is very fascinating. New apps like Ask Bongo are taking on the unexplored terrain of human emotions such as friendship, love, and gossip. Dating apps are even venturing into emotionally murky areas of friendship. It can be hard to see how AI and the human emotional experience might interface, and using Mylestone was one of my first experiments with what this interface might look like.
In order to use Mylestone, I used my Amazon Echo Dot, and downloaded the Mylestone Alexia App onto my phone. Then I went to the Mylestone website, and added photos, video and audio from my phone. Next I put in some photographs from my past, and let the app do its work.
The photographs that I put into the websites were related to a trip that I took in the United States, driving through Colorado. There were also pictures of rock climbing and a specific bridge along the travel route.
What happened next was that the artificial intelligence behind the Mylestone program actually put words to my photographs in the form of a small story. Mylestone also employes several writers, so in addition to AI, there are some human minds in on the work. Mylestone delivered the story to me, and I could listen to it.
I was astounded with the details that the story included about the times and locations of my photographs. Mylestone correctly identified the state that I was in, as well as the specific bridge that I had seen. I can see how this would be helpful for archiving your traveling and keeping your memories in tact. Often we forget the small details of our trips, unless we write them down. Mylestone would take care of the details and help you keep the details of your memories alive so that you could enjoy them and even share them with others. In addition, I can see that this would be fun to share with someone else who was not on the trip with me. In effect, I could share my personal memory with anyone by simply sharing a link to an audio file. The story was sweet and wrapped all of the images into a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end.
Besides my curiosity about what the story would be like, I was curious to see how I would feel about hearing my memory rather than seeing it. I have so many photographs stored on my phone, and I wanted to know whether the experience of hearing a narrative rather than simply scrolling through my photographs would have a different impact on me. I found that it was more emotionally powerful for me to look through the photographs rather than listen to the story produced by Mylestone. Perhaps that is because of the robotic voice that the story came out in, or the slightly off wording that the story used, which I would never think of myself. Memories are very personal, and it felt off-putting to have a foreign voice and wording try to give me back my memory.
That was my own personal experience with Alexa’s Mylestone, but I am aware that others might have had a different experience. I am a very visual person, and I have always processed information best through images. Others who are more auditory might find the Mylestone app very useful and emotionally powerful. I am curious about your experience with Mylestone. If you have given it a try, please let me know how it went!