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Duplex shows Google failing at ethical and creative AI design

Google CEO Sundar Pichai milked the woos from a clappy, home-turf developer crowd at its I/O conference in Mountain View this week with a demo of an in-the-works voice assistant feature that will enable the AI to make telephone calls on behalf of its human owner. The so-called ‘Duplex’ feature of the Google Assistant was shown calling a hair salon to book a woman’s hair cut, and ringing a restaurant to try to book a table — only to be told it did not accept bookings for less than five people. At…

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Youre A Computer. Can You Pass The Turing Test?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. DOWN DOWN SELECT UP DOWN DOWN DOCTORS WARNING: Playing this game with the music ON is considered DANGEROUS and UNPOPULAR and is not permitted. DOWN SELECT DOCTORS WARNING: Playing this game with the music ON is considered DANGEROUS and UNPOPULAR and is not permitted. SELECT SELECT SELECT Start Over If you have music ON, play it using buttons like this one, which appear on loading screens throughout the game: OKAY Click To Stop Audio HOME You whirr and jitter to life. Youre a computer…

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