More on intelligent agents and voice recognition

I was driving home on Thursday night and caught this progamme on Radio 4

Key quote:

Look at it this way, maybe what is happening here is that the machines are conspiring to make themselves indispensable and in the process also make themselves lovable so that we wouldn’t dare get rid of them.

They made themselves indispensable by insinuating themseves into every corner of our lives. And they’re making themselves lovable by having the right tone of voice, and the right ability to pretend to carry on the conversation.

Maybe in 50 or 100 years we’ll discover that it was all a plot by the machines…

I need to read up on Asimov, clearly.

If you’ve got a spare 30 minutes the radio programme is well worth a listen.

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