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We tried to trip up Google Duplex, the bot that sounds human, and failed

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Google Duplex will call salons, restaurants, and pretend to be your personal human. Some Android phones allow you to squeeze to bring up the Google Assistant. NEW YORK -- In a bid to quell concerns about the new technology -- and prove that it can work -- Google showed journalists in restaurants in New York and California how its Duplex artificial intelligence system can make reservations with remarkably human-sounding conversation. But first, it identified itself as a bot. I fielded the call at the THEP Thai Restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side to experience firsthand the Duplex system that the search giant announced to some fanfare -- and then a flare of criticism over the ethics of its Google Assistant pretending to be a human -- at its I/O developer conference in May.


Why artificial intelligence still needs a human touch

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Multiple examples have recently gone viral, each demonstrating the shortcomings of Google's search methods and the ability of the AI utilised to generate factual information. Ask Google if Obama is planning a coup, and you'll get the answer that he might be. Ask Google if women are evil and Google delivers the answer that all women have a "degree of prostitute in them". Ask Google if all republicans are fascists, and Google produces an answer that includes the suggestion they're all Nazis. Most of these answers are derisory and inherently damage Google's brand. More dangerous, however, is the potential to warp users' perception of the world by providing incorrect and unfortunately inflammatory information. By giving patently false narratives top billing on Google lends these stories unwarranted credibility. Google's utilisation of AI is helping to usher in what has been called the "post-truth" era.


Why Artificial Intelligence Still Needs A Human Touch

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How do we distinguish between fact and falsehood? This is perhaps, one of the most debated questions of the past year. Google and Facebook are both in the spotlight for disseminating so-called "fake news", despite the artificial intelligence (AI) systems that these companies developed and deploy on their platforms. If AI is currently struggling to discern facts from fiction, could it be that human intelligence is still a necessary component for the continued successful integration of AI? In a much simpler time, Google was a search engine that indexed websites.


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Google and Facebook are both in the spotlight for disseminating so-called "fake news", despite the artificial intelligence (AI) systems that these companies developed and deploy on their platforms. In a much simpler time, Google was a search engine that indexed websites. Today, the search giant is evolving towards giving users summarised answers to their billions of questions. Type in a word and you'll get the definition. Type in a name and you'll get a short biography.


Why Artificial Intelligence Still Needs A Human Touch - BI Insight - Business Intelligence

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Google and Facebook are both in the spotlight for disseminating so-called "fake news", despite the artificial intelligence (AI) systems that these companies developed and deploy on their platforms. If AI is currently struggling to discern facts from fiction, could it be that human intelligence is still a necessary component for the continued successful integration of AI? In a much simpler time, Google was a search engine that indexed websites. Today, the search giant is evolving towards giving users summarised answers to their billions of questions. Type in a word and you'll get the definition.