The age of 'artificial intimacy' is upon us. What does it mean for the way we love, have sex and build friendships?
Virtual assistants and robots are frequently given female attributes. To curb the massive use of such gendering in AI, we need to better understand the deep roots of this phenomenon.
The revolution in AI harbours dangers for humanity – here’s why.
Leading tech companies are increasingly using AI to influence our behaviour. But how persuasive do we find virtual assistants?
“Alexa, why are the likes of Google and Amazon so determined to get us all to buy smart speakers?”
Amazon says it’s the “new neighbourhood watch” but Ring may just be another technology that gives police too much data and lets neighbourhoods double down on their biases.
Hey Alexa, who are you sharing my data with?
When hosting a dinner party, are you obliged to let your guests know that you own a smart device like Amazon Echo or Google Home? The answer is yes, according to a privacy researcher.
The likes of Alexa and Siri shouldn’t blindly aim to sound and behave like us - their voices need to reflect what they can actually do.
Forget Alexa – true artificial intelligence will be able to understand dementia patients’ needs and offer help accordingly.
All the virtual personal assistants on the market today come with a default female voice and is programmed to respond to all kinds of suggestive questions and comments.
Digital writers use innovative tools to tell new and complex stories. In contrast to e-books, their works depend on electronic code to exist.
According to a recent report, 30 per cent of web-browsing sessions will soon be done without a screen. Voice-enabled searches are becoming the norm, and that’s a problem for the food industry.
The first thing to know is that Siri is not a “who” – Siri is a “what”.
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.
When an African grey parrot named Rocco made purchases via his owner’s Amazon Alexa voice assistant, it raised questions about who was legally responsible for footing the bill.
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.