Tutori provides the next generation of user group formation, in an A.I.-augmented commercial model. Whereas conventional user groups are formed between humans and are generally non-profit, Tutori groups humans and A.I. entities, sponsored by commercial organizations with the strongest need for ethically balanced foundations.
What does “strongest need for ethically balanced foundations” mean? We will only build these Social Learning Networks for government units or businesses where the objective is life safety, liberty, preservation of valuable property or human relationships. In other words, you will never find a Tutori-built Social Learning Network promoting a purely commercial interest like a car dealership or aluminum siding company, etc.
What is a conventional user group?
A users’ group (also user’s group or user group) is a type of club focused on the use of a particular technology, usually but not always computer-related.
Users’ groups started in the early days of mainframe computers, as a way to share sometimes hard-won knowledge and useful software, usually written by end users independently of the vendor-supplied programming efforts. SHARE, a user group originated by aerospace industry corporate users of IBM mainframe computers, was founded in 1955 and is the oldest computer user group still active. DECUS, the DEC User’s Society, was founded in 1961 and its descendant organization, Connect Worldwide, still operates. The Computer Measurement Group (CMG) was founded in 1974 by systems professionals with a common interest in (mainframe) capacity management, and continues today with a much broader mission. The first UNIX users’ group organized in 1978.
Users’ groups began to proliferate with the microcomputer revolution of the late 1970s and early 1980s as hobbyists united to help each other with programming and configuration and use of hardware and software. Especially prior to the emergence of the World Wide Web, obtaining technical assistance with computers was often onerous, while computer clubs would gladly provide free technical support. Users’ groups today continue to provide “real life” opportunities for learning from the shared experience of the members and may provide other functions such as a newsletter, group purchasing opportunities, tours of facilities, or speakers at group meetings.
A conventional users’ group may provide its members (and sometimes the general public as well) with one or more of the following services: Periodic meetings; Live in-person conferences; Public lectures; Newsletter or blog; Library of media or tools; Software archive; Swap meets; Tech support; Social events; Learning camps.
Users’ groups may be organized around a particular brand of current hardware (IBM, Macintosh) or current software and operating systems (Linux, Microsoft Windows, Clipper), or more rarely may be dedicated to obsolescent systems or historical computers, for example Apple II, PDP-11, Osborne. An example of an early user group is the Apple User Group Connection.
How is Tutori different and the same?
We endeavor here to render the conventional user group structure into a commercial model that sustains itself through sponsorship by hyper-interested for-profit companies, forming social learning networks* for the common good of specific groups. For example, Boeing would naturally be hyper-interested in a group which creates a pinpoint focus upon safe operation by pilots of a particular aircraft. *Download whitepaper on social learning theory by clicking here.
With this exception we work to re-create user group culture in cyberspace, linking humans to AI’s and translating traditional user group functions and events into the hybrid human/AI sphere. Make sense? Have any thoughts or comments? Get in touch. Let’s build something together.