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Chatbots

“A chatbot is a computer program or an artificial intelligence which conducts a conversation via auditory or textual methods. Such programs are often designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner, thereby passing the Turing test.”

Chatbots are becoming very common nowadays, more and more people that i know use chatbots for various reasons.
Chatbots like Siri and Alexa can be very helpful/useful for some people. More specifically people with Parkinson’s disease, elder people, people with bad sight, people who drive a lot, and other who have a hard time typing or navigating their smart device.

I am personally not a big fan of chatbots. Last year one of my housemates bought Amazon Alexa. Though it was fun at the beginning “chatting” with her, testing her abilities, asking her to play music, and more i came to realize that she did not add much help to my daily life. In other words she was not needed, and soon stoped being the center of attention in the house. Similarly, i never use Siri on my iphone, even though i drive a lot, paint a lot and do not have free hands i would rather be patient and use my iphone later rather than trying to achieve the task through Siri. I just do not trust her ? !

Even though i abstain from using chatbots in my daily life i can understand how in the near future i will heavily rely on them. Soon they will become smarter and smarter (maybe they already are smarter than me ? :( ) and i will get used to using them for my daily tasks.

Like with every aspect of technology that is rapidly growing and becoming a part of our lives, we must consider the ethics behind chatbots. Any thoughts?