Siri is just one indicator of how easily the idea of talking to robots, and the machines talking back, has crept into everyday life.
Artificial intelligence pioneer David Levy believes it won’t be too long until we’re having sex with them.
Take Siri, Apple’s smart personal assistant on i Phone.
Not only have users expressed a strong preference for whether its voice is male or female, but some felt the need to produce lengthy Reddit elegies for older versions that disappear after i OS updates.
(They did successfully complete some of their negotiations for balls, hast, and books, by the way.) There may be time still to cram the genie back in the bottle.
So far, when we do eavesdrop on AIs talking, it’s been a lot more mundane than scary, as with Bob’s and Alice’s shorthand.
Unless you were on a listserv, that was as good as a social network as we knew it. Being masked was critical armor to navigate the landscape.
And with chatting, the option for anonymity and fun screennames was key, moreso because every conversation kicked off with a query of “age/sex/location? So it’s no surprise that apps that let you talk with total strangers reignite the appeal of the early internet.
Some of these apps let you chat with strangers based on interests, or indicate some cursory biographical points up front, but the majority, like Chatible, appear to prefer the stranger toss-up.
A chatbot isn’t a real-life robot, but a programme that uses natural language processing to talk convincingly to humans, via a chat room or an app.
Levy’s earlier, non-sexual chatbots have twice won the Loebner Prize, an annual competition for AI programmes.