THEY listen, they talk and very soon, according to some experts, they will be taking over our homes, our jobs and our lives. Thousands of us unwrapped voice-activated electronic devices on Christmas Day. Amazon’s Alexa service, Apple’s Home Pod and Google’s Home speakers were among the best-sellers.
Earlier this year the kingdom of Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to an artificial intelligence robot named Sophia. Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics, and it has been generally accepted that she was created to appeal to the audience of the Future Investment Initiative. AI ethicist Joanna Bryson, however, said in an interview with The Verge that the stunt was “obviously bullshit.”