Alexa, what did you learn today?  (when will she pass the Turing Test?)  A mind-boggling read.

 
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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/alexa-how-will-you-change-us/570844/

item -  “One start-up is working on AI software for doctors that can scrutinize patients’ speech for biomarkers of depression and anxiety.”

item -  “Programmed to keep the mood light, they might change the subject whenever dangerously intense feelings threaten to emerge, or flatter us in our ugliest moments.”

item -  “Many commentators thought Google had made a mistake with its gung ho presentation. Duplex not only violated the dictum that AI should never pretend to be a person; it also appeared to violate our trust. We may not always realize just how powerfully our voice assistants are playing on our psychology, but at least we’ve opted into the relationship. Duplex was a fake-out, and an alarmingly effective one. Afterward, Google clarified that Duplex would always identify itself to callers. But even if Google keeps its word, equally deceptive voice technologies are already being developed. Their creators may not be as honorable. The line between artificial voices and real ones is well on its way to disappearing.”  (When will she pass the Turing Test?  When you make your next medical appointment?)  (an upbeat, friendly, helpful, sympathetic receptionist)

item -  “Is Alexa dangerous?  Alexa, Should We Trust You?
The voice revolution has only just begun. Today, Alexa is a humble servant. Very soon, she could be much more—a teacher, a therapist, a confidant, an informant.”

Read complete article by Judith Shulevitz here:  https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/alexa-how-will-you-change-us/570844/

 
 
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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/alexa-how-will-you-change-us/570844/

Cover headline for November 2018 Atlantic Magazine - [strong’]Teacher, Therapist, Parent, Spy[/strong - What Alexa is doing to us’]

item -  “One start-up is working on AI software for doctors that can scrutinize patients’ speech for biomarkers of depression and anxiety.”

item -  “Programmed to keep the mood light, they might change the subject whenever dangerously intense feelings threaten to emerge, or flatter us in our ugliest moments.”

item -  “Many commentators thought Google had made a mistake with its gung ho presentation. Duplex not only violated the dictum that AI should never pretend to be a person; it also appeared to violate our trust. We may not always realize just how powerfully our voice assistants are playing on our psychology, but at least we’ve opted into the relationship. Duplex was a fake-out, and an alarmingly effective one. Afterward, Google clarified that Duplex would always identify itself to callers. But even if Google keeps its word, equally deceptive voice technologies are already being developed. Their creators may not be as honorable. The line between artificial voices and real ones is well on its way to disappearing.”  (When will she pass the Turing Test?  When you make your next medical appointment?)  (an upbeat, friendly, helpful, sympathetic receptionist)

item -  “Is Alexa dangerous?  Alexa, Should We Trust You?
The voice revolution has only just begun. Today, Alexa is a humble servant. Very soon, she could be much more—a teacher, a therapist, a confidant, an informant.”

Read complete article by Judith Shulevitz here:  https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/alexa-how-will-you-change-us/570844/

Q:  Are sculptors working on Alexa floor models for 2021?  https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/727479  (nudity)