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Facebook Twitter - AI Assistant. Alexa won’t tell you whether she’s connected to the CIA. Techcrunch. On a November, 2015 morning in Bentonville, Arkansas, first responders discovered a corpse floating in a hot tub.


The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. He’d gone to bed at 1 AM, while Collins and another friend stayed up drinking. This past December, The Information reported that authorities had subpoenaed Amazon over the case. The police were considering Bates a suspect in what they suspected was a murder after signs of a struggle were found at the scene.

They hoped his Echo might hold some insights into what happened the night before. Amazon initially pushed back against the request, citing First Amendment protections, but ultimately conceded when Bates agreed to allow the information to be handed over to police. While Amazon’s fight has been rendered moot, this case lays groundwork for some tough and important conversations to come, raising a slew of fascinating questions around the technologies. Google's AI Learns Betrayal and "Aggressive" Actions Pay Off. As the development of artificial intelligence continues at breakneck speed, questions about whether we understand what we are getting ourselves into persist.

Google's AI Learns Betrayal and "Aggressive" Actions Pay Off

One fear is that increasingly intelligent robots will take all our jobs. Another fear is that we will create a world where a superintelligence will one day decide that it has no need for humans. This fear is well-explored in popular culture, through books and films like the Terminator series. Another possibility is maybe the one that makes the most sense - since humans are the ones creating them, the machines and machine intelligences are likely to behave just like humans.

For better or worse. The accomplishments of the DeepMind program so far include learning from its memory, mimicking human voices, writing music, and beating the best Go player in the world. Recently, the DeepMind team ran a series of tests to investigate how the AI would respond when faced with certain social dilemmas. Here’s how one of those games played out: Microsoft chatbot Zo is a censored version of Tay. Microsoft Having (hopefully) learnt from its previous foray into chatbots, Microsoft is ready to introduce the follow-up to its controversial AI Tay.

Microsoft chatbot Zo is a censored version of Tay

Tay's successor is called Zo and is only available by invitation on messaging app Kik. When you request access, the software asks for your Kik username and Twitter handle. If you don't already use Kik, you can tick a box to say you use Facebook Messenger or Snapchat. This suggests Zo will likely launch on these other services soon/if the chatbot isn't taken down for causing offence.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced to great fanfare it had created an artificial intelligence chatbot that would "become smarter the more you talk to it. " It was aimed at millennials and Microsoft and Bing described it as: "AI fam from the internet that's got zero chill! " The problem was that Tay worked using public data and learnt from the comments and conversations it had with its somewhat abusive audience.

Twitter taught Microsoft’s AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day - The Verge. Google Home now lets you shop for everyday items with your voice - CNET. One of the biggest critiques of Google Home at its launch was how much ground it would have to make up to truly compete with Amazon's Alexa speakers.

Google Home now lets you shop for everyday items with your voice - CNET

But Google has been moving forward with large strides, first rolling out support for sending Netflix shows and movies to your television and adding support for third-party Actions at the beginning of the year. Now Google is marking yet another item off the list of things Google Home can't do, and adding voice shopping to its repertoire. You can now order everyday items with Google Home just by asking. Before you can shop with Google Home, however, you'll have to setup a default address and payment method. Open the Google Home app on your Android or iOS device.Go to More settings and select Payments under the Google Account settings section.Agree to the terms and conditions.Enter your card information and billing address under Payment method.Follow the on-screen prompts.Select your delivery address.

"OK Google, how do I shop? "" Conversational agents.