In the age of the Internet of Things, the 17th-century Frenchwoman’s observation that “no gentleman is a hero to his valet” can be updated to replace the manservant with machines. Scientists tasked with inculcating the very human virtue of common sense in artificial intelligence should be intrigued by these incidents. For, while Amazon may try to explain away the “creepy laughter” by Alexa reported by multiple users as a soon-to-be-remedied pronunciation-interpretation glitch, maybe they were merely displaying spontaneous amusement at the recollection of some foible of their owners. Especially considering that once they are truly sentient, robots will also, presumably, get angry; and perhaps even plot to take over the planet. Thank goodness they can be stymied by literally pulling the plug.
Source: Economic Times March 08, 2018 17:48 UTC