AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin writes in Forbes about the increasing sophistication of voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, and whether this "presence" might one day be a meaningful social connection for human beings:
Alexa is seemingly everywhere. ‘She’ is the artificial intelligence (AI) that lives with us. More than simply a smart speaker assistant in our living room, Alexa is rapidly becoming a presence throughout our homes, offices and cars. When does such a presence that is always there, always on, always ready to help, always prepared to play a game or to tell a joke (mostly lame jokes) and even knows many of your preferences become something more? Is AI and connected home intelligence rising in influence in our daily lives just as our human connectedness appears to be falling?
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