Just come across this phrase from the internet, a clever company that garners packets of unseen information about us as we visit their site. Here is their own description of the service they offer:
Want to know who my friends are? Connect to my Facebook. Want to know who I work with? Use my email domain. The money I spend? Connect to my bank. My revenue numbers? Just connect my Stripe account. The trips I’ve booked? You’ll find the receipts in my email, same for most things I’ve bought. With products like Gmaillaunching powerful APIs, the opportunities become endless.
Sometimes the data your product needs isn’t readily available. In those cases create the simplest integration possible (for your customer) to get it going forward. ForIntercom that means we offer a tiny snippet of code that is installed once, and removes the burden of data entry from that point onwards. There is no “New user” form, they’re automatically gathered now.”
Whats creepy about this is the concept, Ambiant awareness, conjuring up in my mind a picture of a vast sleepless mind, constantly building little neural complexes, little ganglia, modelling the real world, night and day throughout the world.