I've been "living" with an Amazon Echo and Alexa for a year now having imported from eBay while it was US based. It's an astonishing piece of kit that has to be experienced to see why it's a "game changer" and why Bezos the Amazon CEO calls it potentially the fourth core Amazon service line after its marketplace, cloud services and Amazon mobile device brands.
The popularity of feminine-gendered AI makes sense in a world where women still aren't seen as fully human. But these machines also reflect the rise of the service economy, which relies on emotional labor that's performed by women, with a "customer is always right" ethos imposed upon the whole affair.
While the passions of internal discord have stalled the once-confident global march of the West, the East, led by China, is looking ahead with a decades-long strategy to revive the ancient Silk Road through Eurasia as the core of the world's economy and civilization. As Oxford historian Peter Frankopan, author of "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World," writes: "The age of the West is all but at an end when it comes to taking the lead and planning for the future." (continued)
Can machines think? That was the question posed by the great mathematician Alan Turing. Half a century later six computers are about to converse with ...