Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Friday, 4 December 2015

Friendly or factual?

As reported by Reuters, the more technology companies can get us to rely on their virtual digital assistants the more valuable data they will accumulate about our spending habits, interests and preferences. This information could be fodder for lucrative digital advertising. However it is apparently not yet clear what amount of personality we like with our artificial intelligence. Will Apple’s Siri charm or Facebook and Google’s more no-nonsense approach be more to our tastes in the long run? Personally I’m still waiting on the Grumpy Old Man version.

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