Do We Really Want Our Virtual Assistants To Be More Human?

Do We Really Want Our Virtual Assistants To Be More Human?

Apple, Amazon, Google, and others are pushing us to use our voices rather than our fingers to interact with their products. But do we really want our assistants to be more human?

Humanizing Computing

Voice controlled assistants are all the rage right now, as well as the rise of the bots. It’s safe to say that we’re accelerating to a world where there are less inefficiencies in our day to day lives.

The end game, I believe, to all of this is Iron Man’s trusted A.I. friend: Jarvis.

That, of course, is not a surprise. It’s an exciting future, one which we’ve seen play out in the movies. Who wouldn’t get excited of having a friend that helps you achieve things?

That future is a utopia. But what’s rarely talked about is what happens when our assistants become human-like that they begin mimicking us. In this episode of the podcast we discuss the long-term implications of humanizing computing.

Anyway, listen to our conversation below and let us know what you think on Twitter @jorgebarba and @adrianpedrin.

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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.