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Siri, Cortana, And Alexa Carry The Marks Of Their Human Makers

Before you dismiss them as inhuman or inhumane, consider their dramatic personal histories — and their ancestor grande damme Eliza, says guest blogger Jimena Canales.
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Jimena Canales is a faculty member of the Graduate College at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a research affiliate at MIT. She focuses on 19th and 20th century history of the physical sciences and science in the modern world. Her most recent book is titled The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time. You can learn more about her here.


Resolutions abound at this time of year: The close of 2017 and the start to 2018 presents a symbolic "fresh start."

So, let's resolve to reconsider our views of virtual personal assistant like Siri, Cortana and Alexa.

Ethicists are right to be concerned with sexbots and slaughterbots. But

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