All Turtles Podcast Episode 29: No Reservations

When we allow artificial intelligence to impersonate humans, what kind of precedent does that set? It’s one of the questions that was raised after Google unveiled Duplex, and in this episode our hosts consider what the implications of this technology might be. They also ask whether there should be new rules for grammar and speech when speaking with machines. Listener questions include the upcoming book club discussion and our favorite podcasts.

Show Notes

Welcome (0:11)

Laurel or Yanny? (Video) (1:05)

Discussion: Google Duplex (1:22)

Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference (1:35)

Sundar Pichai demoing Duplex (video) (1:56)

Google’s statement after Duplex controversy (4:48):

“We understand and value the discussion around Google Duplex — as we’ve said from the beginning, transparency in the technology is important. We are designing this feature with disclosure built-in, and we’ll make sure the system is appropriately identified. What we showed at I/O was an early technology demo, and we look forward to incorporating feedback as we develop this into a product.” — May 11, 2018

Pichai’s blog post about Duplex (5:10)

Microsoft’s Speech Devices SDK demo (video) (6:13)

Discussion: How does All Turtles define practical AI? (15:08)

IBM’s 5 attributes of useful AI (18:18)

Discussion: Levels of formality for speaking to an AI (23:15)

Listener questions

When will you be airing the book club discussion on Erika Hall’s Conversational Design? (29:00)

Answer: Episode 31!

What are your favorite podcasts? (30:15)

The Daily, a daily news podcast from the New York Times (30:29)

Reply All, a podcast about the internet (31:03)

Pod Save America, a podcast about politics from former aides to President Obama (31:21)

Reveal, a podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX (32:31)

Reveal’s money laundering episode (32:41)

Desert Oracle Radio (32:58)

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