Here come the Johnny Cabs (18 May, 2018)

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Here come the Johnny Cabs (18 May, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri May 18, 2018 9:05 am

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Have Google been "stretching" the truth with their demo of an AI bot making an appointment at a hair dressing salon over the phone?

Did they break California law to do so?

And if we're that far down the road with synthetic human technology and self-drive cars, how long before the streets are filled with Johnny Cabs instead of Ubers?
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Re: Here come the Johnny Cabs (18 May, 2018)

Postby hagfish » Fri May 18, 2018 9:45 am

The attendees at these developer conferences are often very gung-ho about the technologies they are working on. They are wrestling with technical problems, and - given time, effort and processing muscle - these problems inevitably yield to technical solutions. "Look at our cool thing!" Then their tech gets loosed on the real world...

Last year, Adobe released [EDIT: demoed - it's not yet released] 'Voco', which can 'listen' to a few samples of someone's voice, and then you can type in whatever you want, and that person's voice will 'say' it. The audience were all, 'woooo', but I found it quite chilling. Horrifying, even.

Provided the solution is within the realm of physics, technical hurdles get cleared eventually. The social/political/commercial problems are much more intractable. That's where regulations come in; an AI must identify itself. Recipients must opt-in. Contracts entered into with an AI are not binding (on the human) until ratified in some way. That kind of thing. Because 'bad actors' will be looking at the last few years' conference proceedings of Apple, Google, Adobe, Facebook, Amazon and salivating.
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Re: Here come the Johnny Cabs (18 May, 2018)

Postby granada29 » Fri May 18, 2018 12:36 pm

It's clear that the "bot" used by Google in its demo would pass the Touring Test with flying colours and would fool virtually anyone who was the other party in such a conversation. What does that mean for the future?

That should probably be 'Turing' - I'm not sure what a 'Touring Test' is. Spell correct strikes again is my guess :)
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Re: Here come the Johnny Cabs (18 May, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri May 18, 2018 3:39 pm

granada29 wrote:It's clear that the "bot" used by Google in its demo would pass the Touring Test with flying colours and would fool virtually anyone who was the other party in such a conversation. What does that mean for the future?

That should probably be 'Turing' - I'm not sure what a 'Touring Test' is. Spell correct strikes again is my guess :)

Damn, one should never rely on a spell-checker!!!

Gosh, I'm pretty sure that after that mistake, I'm qualified to be a Journalist at Stuff.co.nz :-)
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Re: Here come the Johnny Cabs (18 May, 2018)

Postby phill » Fri May 18, 2018 5:26 pm

nope
you know there was a turing not touring anymore
and they would be wondering who two ring was
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Re: Here come the Johnny Cabs (18 May, 2018)

Postby latewings » Sat May 19, 2018 8:35 am

Gosh, I'm pretty sure that after that mistake, I'm qualified to be a Journalist at Stuff.co.nz :-)


Hmm, do you know how to make ice cubes? :twisted:
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