Who knew a hipster cat would be the voice of reason?
The whole point of having a digital assistant is to have it do stuff for you. But it still sounds like a bit of a reprimand whenever I hear someone talking to an Amazon Echo.The monolithic voice-activated digital assistant will, when instructed, play music for you, read headlines, add items to your Amazon shopping cart, and complete any number of other tasks.The bots were essentially Ashley Madison’s sales force.Men who signed up for a free account would be immediately contacted by a bot posing as an interested woman, but would have to buy credits from the site to reply.This time, I’m going to review chatbots that are more than popular. Each of them has something special: look, language, or even location.
"For a long time Poncho didn't have a gender, that's how conscious we were," Margot Boyer-Dry, Poncho's head of partnerships, said in a phone call.
But that branding, which positioned her as an “artificial intelligence,” was enough to make Tay susceptible to our cultural narrative about the thinking machine.
During the live BBC broadcast of Head Squeeze about the Loebner Prize Competition ” The response made mention that two of the four finalists this year were male in character, and the conversation then took a different direction.
But maybe there’s more to it.“It’s much easier to find a female voice that everyone likes than a male voice that everyone likes,” the Stanford communications professor Clifford Nass, told CNN in 2011.
(Nass died in 2013.) “It’s a well-established phenomenon that the human brain is developed to like female voices.”Which sounds nice, but doesn’t necessarily hold up to cultural scrutiny.
Rather, a gaggle of malicious Twitter users exploited that design — which has Tay repeat and learn from whatever users tell her — to add this language to her suite of word choices. But these machines also reflect the rise of the service economy, which relies on emotional labor that’s performed by women, with a “customer is always right” ethos imposed upon the whole affair. This play, by definition the first work about robots, set the pattern for a century’s worth of cliches about the Robot Uprising — from silent cinema to HAL9000 to synthy 80’s pop to .