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We don’t need to put the same effort into making the conversation polite or interesting when we’re talking to a chatbot. Andy Kelly/Unsplash

Will talking to AI voice assistants re-engineer our human conversations?

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.
Until machines become truly intelligent, they’re going to make a lot of mistakes when they try to help us. Steve Rainwater/Flickr

The hazards of presumptive computing

Computers try to predict our behaviour and anticipate our needs, but sadly they often get things dreadfully wrong.
Should we learn to expect more from our personal robot assistants? Warner Bros.

Will Siri ever dream of electric sheep?

The idea of a personal robot assistant, able to effortlessly understand spoken (and unspoken) human intents and efficiently act on them while delivering a breezy quip, has been a staple of science fiction…

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