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Kristofer Ahlström: When the apocalypse comes, my smart speakers remember me as a humble interlocutor

From the kitchen comes an angry voice, as the crackling of hostility that I do not recognize it as my fiancee's: ”It is because you are a stupid head!” cries the voice.

the Target for her aggression is our new smart speaker. ”Smart” should be viewed in relation to the other speakers ' intelligence quotient – it's no feat to beat a bunch of Marshallstackar in a Mensatest.

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" smart, AI-powered speaker is that it can, through voice commands, to relieve us in everyday life: tell me how cold it is outside, play music or answer on how to boil an egg. In an article in dagens nyheter in June it is described as ”the greatest revolution since the touch screen was”, and after ingressens a little menacing, ”and you need to make you ready” I feel nödd and had to borrow one and test.

But we have some communication problems. When my fiancee asks ”What time is it?” answers the speaker with a long definition of what a watch is, how to measure a time interval, and so on. For a woman in a mansplainande society, this must be the epitome of hell. Then, she tries ten times in a row to get the speaker to play a podcast on Spotify, but only ”I understand, unfortunately, not” to the answer. To the end of the shortcomings of her patience.

I have the harder it is to get angry at the assistant. I also think it is skitjobbigt to constantly make demands without ever showing my gratitude. To brukspatronspösigt gasta commandments to the right and the left will be in the long run as lajva ”upstairs, downstairs, and downstairs”. So after each successful order, I say happily, ”Thank you, Google!”, despite the fact that my positive reinforcement probably occurs on deaf ears.

That brukspatronspösigt gasta commandments to the right and the left will be in the long run as lajva ’upstairs, downstairs, and downstairs’.

something remarkable with all the automated assistants – regardless of whether they are named Siri, Alexa, Cortana, or Miss Out – talk to beautiful female voices. Assistants are always women, it seems tekniklogiken obey. It would be more exciting with a smart speaker, which has a defiant teenager's attitude. The one that sighs sarcastically and moaning ”Damn how old you are, dad!” if I ask the tell me what drill music is.)

But I always detested the gadgets and plastiga things, why I have suddenly developed empathy for a rather unnecessary block full of circles? So I remember: that was my best friend for several years a grankotte. And I remember that I used to put out a plate of milk to my mjukistiger when we ate breakfast. I have always been inspired by my surroundings, whether it be applied to dogs, pine trees or wallpaper.

do you wish To give me philosophical kredd can say that I see the spirit in the machine. But it is also a matter of pure good manners. In this week's episode of ”vetandets värld”, P1 visited the man prästdagarna in Lund, where the conversation revolved around questions about artificial intelligence. One of the discussions they related to was ”you Need to be polite to a clever speaker?” Bishop Johan Tyrberg has itself a such in the home, and has been told that he does not need to make the effort to be nice to it. ”But my way of communicating is based on artighetsfraser, and is not just about listening but also about me who's talking – if you choose to be rude to a machine, how does it affect our communication with other people in the end?” the reasoning Tyrberg, and maintains his hövlighetsspråk with the machines.

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of course. But I am also thinking of this with the machine learning: the constant excusing my speakers with the phrase ”I am yet to learn”. When the robots become self-aware, I want that my speakers remember me as a humble interlocutor. So that I don't have to be hunted by kulsprutebestyckade mördardrönare together with the last free people in the civilization of steaming rubble.

Thank you, Google!

Read more texts by Kristofer Ahlström , for example, on the voices in his head .

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