How to talk to your robot


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Nearly all AI assistants today have an associated persona. Devices and their makers have come under scrutinyfor the fact that the majority have feminine names and default to female voices. While motives for pushing a persona can be myriad, two are likely significant. Firstly, developers may believe that personas will make assistants more ‘natural’ and easy to use. Secondly, a persona may advance the impression that the technology has achieved human-level intelligence or something very close to it.

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Calen Cole — Stripe Partners

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The Magic of Innovation


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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. – Arthur C. Clarke

The long history of driverless cars in science fiction and, increasingly, in reality neatly illustrates ‘magic as motivation’. Driverless cars are a response to the congestion, accidents, and drudgery that define driving cars. Driverless cars promise accurate and relaxing travel that is liberated from the imperfections of humans and their cities. The innovators behind driverless cars (and it’s not just Google) understand the current limitations of automotive technology and have used a magical imagination to inspire the re-invention of car travelling.

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Stripe Partners

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