The Subtle Ways Your Digital Assistant Might Manipulate You | WIRED

TODAY WE GOOGLE for information, but in the future, we might not need to. Instead we may rely on our butler, namely the intelligent, voice-activated digital assistant on our smart phones, smart watches, or devices like Amazon’s Echo and Alphabet’s Home. Rather than searching the web, we’ll be able to ask our digital assistant how to remove the stain from our shirt. It’ll perform other perfunctory tasks, like adding groceries to our shopping list, checking the weather, sending a text, or ordering an Uber.

Besides providing us with information, digital assistants can also anticipate and fulfill our needs and requests, based on what they know about us. Instead of worrying over life’s small details, we shall entrust our digital assistant to dim the lights and lower the thermostat when we leave the house.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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