Leading tech companies are increasingly using AI to influence our behaviour. But how persuasive do we find virtual assistants?
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.
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.
Reports of the death of accents have been greatly exaggerated.
There are several reasons people might find smart devices equipped with an always-on microphone both attractive and unsettling.
Apple's closed system may be its undoing in the smart home market.
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.