Category Archives: Ethics

Google’s digital assistant passes for human

In one of the most chilling technological demonstrations to date, the internet giant showed its digital assistant could mimic a human over the phone so convincingly the person on the other end of the line had no idea they were talking to a machine. (read more)

Suppose you are a hairdresser who is curious if any of your bookings are coming from Google Duplex… what are some questions you could ask in the phone call that might expose that it’s a robot?

Based on what Google have said about Duplex, is it likely to pass the Turing test?

The crowd may have cheered in stunned disbelief but the reaction to Google’s latest capability has prompted a backlash from those concerned about the ethics of intelligent robots taking over.          Picture / Getty Images

Web creator’s big new internet project

Tim Berners-Lee is often credited as being the inventor of the World Wide Web — but these days he’s bent on changing it.

The world renowned engineer and computer scientist has been working on a new project designed to fundamentally overhaul the internet and how it functions. He wants to pry power back from the tech juggernauts and give us more control over our personal data. (read more)

The inventor of the web is working to reimagine the internet and give us more power over our data.
The inventor of the web is working to reimagine the internet and give us more power over our data.

AI can predict whether your relationship will last based on how you speak to your partner

“Just how much information is carried in our tone of voice and conversation patterns and how does that impact our relationships with others? Computational systems can already establish who people are from their voices, so could they also tell us anything about our love life? Amazingly, it seems like it.”

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How Tinder, Reddit, Airbnb, Etsy and Uber got their first users

Story by Serene Chen

This summer, I’ve been working on getting pre-launch buzz for a real estate startup called Suuty. This lead to lots of Googling about what kinds of strategies other disruptive companies have used to get their first users. A number of stories I found were surprising, resourceful and at the very least, interesting. Here are just a few that kept me inspired.

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Tech accessibility to the masses

The Silicon Valley giants are embracing users with disabilities, resulting in tech and features that everyone can appreciate. (full article)

A Facebook employee at the company's innovation center in Berlin, Germany, demonstrates the object recognition capabilities of new artificial intelligence technology that Facebook is creating to help blind people. - Sean Gallup, Getty Images
A Facebook employee at the company’s innovation center in Berlin, Germany, demonstrates the object recognition capabilities of new artificial intelligence technology that Facebook is creating to help blind people. – Sean Gallup, Getty Images