Sometimes I walk into a room and say, “Alexa, what’s the temperature outside?” She answers by speaking the current temperature followed by an abbreviated weather report. She’s so human-like, I have to resist the temptation to say “Thank you” when she finishes. Importantly, Alexa is not a she; it is a component of Amazon's Echo natural language processing system. Amazon has anthropomorphized Echo with a female voice and a feminine name, which makes it easy to call Alexa a “she.” Should we be polite when we speak to it, or is it OK to be abrupt or even abusive? The device won’t care. It doesn't have feelings; but how will we teach our children to differentiate between machines that sound and act like people, and other disembodied voices that actually are people?
Shelly Palmer talks about Google's April Fools prank and how it went wrong on CNN with Richard Quest. Original Airdate: April 1, 2016
Shelly Palmer talks about Google's AlphaGo AI System and how it beat 9-dan Go master Lee Sedol 4 games to 1 in the Google DeepMind Challenge on Fox 5 with Juliet Huddy and Kerry Drew. Original Airdate: March 15, 2016
Shelly Palmer talks about Apple and Facebook quarterly earnings on Quest Means Business with Maggie Lake on CNNi. Original Airdate: January 27, 2016
Shelly Palmer talks about Google's restructuring and the potential pros and cons of Alphabet with Richard Quest on CNN's Quest Means Business. Airdate: August 11, 2015