Tech companies portray virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri as our helpers. In reality, we're helping them gather the behavioural data they need to turn a profit.
Chatbots and virtual personal assistants are becoming an integral part of our daily lives. They could change how we talk to each other, and how we relate to ourselves.
It probably won't surprise you that if you ask Alexa to give you the best price on a product, the assistant will usually offer the price that's available on Amazon.
Technology can transgress all kinds of legal frameworks.
Reports of the death of accents have been greatly exaggerated.
It is just as much for our own sake, as for the sake of robots, that we should begin recognising the rights of intelligent machines.
Amazon, Google and Apple's attempts to understand the tone of human voices can reflect human biases.
It isn’t that we should worry about AI becoming more human. We should fear ourselves becoming more artificial.
Apple's closed system may be its undoing in the smart home market.
ATMs, self-scan checkouts, automated calls, digital therapists ... no wonder we're all lonely.
Once you have the ability to speak to a digital assistant from any room in the house, the obvious next step is to make the house able to listen.
But don't worry, it's failing. For now.
'Intelligent' voice interfaces like Alexa and Siri are much hyped, but they have limitations, not all of which can be solved with better technology.
Social robots have exploded into the market in recent years, but what can they really do?