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Read this eerily accurate 1999 prediction of the iPhone and the death of privacy

Is there anything Star Trek writers can’t predict? Eight years before the first iPhone was released in 2007, science fiction writer David Gerrold was asked to write a column on the future of computing for a now-defunct magazine called Sm@rt Reseller. His description sounds eerily similar to the device we now all carry around in … Continue reading “Read this eerily accurate 1999 prediction of the iPhone and the death of privacy”

Read this eerily accurate 1999 prediction of the iPhone and the death of privacy
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Bank of America’s bot is “Erica” because apparently all digital assistants are women

Bank of America is about to launch its new virtual assistant. Like most other AI-powered bots, the program will use natural language processing so that the bank’s customers can ask it to perform tasks. The new app is called “Erica,” and will be there for all your banking needs–another gendered, computer-operated voice to serve you. … Continue reading “Bank of America’s bot is “Erica” because apparently all digital assistants are women”

Bank of America’s bot is “Erica” because apparently all digital assistants are women
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People were asked to name women tech leaders. They said “Alexa” and “Siri”

The tech industry has a persistent problem with gender inequality, particularly in its leadership ranks, and a new study from LivePerson underscores just how depressingly persistent it truly is. When the company asked a representative sample of 1,000 American consumers whether they could name a famous woman leader in tech, 91.7% of respondents drew a … Continue reading “People were asked to name women tech leaders. They said “Alexa” and “Siri””

People were asked to name women tech leaders. They said “Alexa” and “Siri”
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Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone

Phone makers and wireless carriers will soon have an easier time tapping into Google’s AI powers. Google says it’s releasing new tools for integrating Google Assistant with smartphones, so that device makers can add their own voice-controlled features, ensure that hands-free voice commands work properly, and make use of hardware AI chips. Wireless carriers can … Continue reading “Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone”

Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone
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