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Matthew J. Cotter, United Kingdom
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.
We don’t need to put the same effort into making the conversation polite or interesting when we’re talking to a chatbot.
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.
While personal digital assistants might be helpful, that help is likely to be limited.
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.
The success of current conversational AI is based on the premise that they know and understand nothing of the world.
Reports of the death of accents have been greatly exaggerated.
Apple's closed system may be its undoing in the smart home market.
There has been a resurgence in home automation with the advent of voice-activated digital assistants.
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.
Chatbots need a personality. But what type?
Siri is sassy. But when does the tone of voice in digital help override usefulness?
Asking whether machines can really understand us is meaningless.
Voice interfaces are becoming increasingly popular.
'Intelligent' voice interfaces like Alexa and Siri are much hyped, but they have limitations, not all of which can be solved with better technology.
The rise of online 'chatbots' shows how artificial intelligence is becoming a part of daily life. But how do you stop them talking like a really bad PA?
Am I a cylon? They may not look like this, but there’s a new batch of social robots about to pop up in homes around the world.
Social robots have exploded into the market in recent years, but what can they really do?
This isn’t going well.
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Phone trees drive you mad? Just want to talk to an actual person? You aren't alone – despite the fact that most customer service journeys begin with automated interactive voice response systems.
M – no Bond jokes please.
What does Facebook's new AI digital assistant bring to the party that rivals haven't got? Humans.
Your smartphone is learning to better understand your voice commands.
Voice recognition technology is getting better at understanding what we are saying, even if we only say part of what we mean. So how does it work?
Until machines become truly intelligent, they’re going to make a lot of mistakes when they try to help us.
Computers try to predict our behaviour and anticipate our needs, but sadly they often get things dreadfully wrong.
If only it were this easy.
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Siri’s become a useful assistant, but there are things she could do better.
In less than two months, Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, has insinuated herself into western culture. This has been less because of Apple’s marketing and more due to the public’s general interest in the…