Amy the Virtual Assistant Is So Human-Like, People Keep Asking It Out on Dates

“Hey girl, want to grab drinks? ;)”  “Thank you so much for your kind invitation. Because I’m an artificial intelligence personal assistant, I’m unable to join you in person. Have a good meeting!” Classic modern romance.  The company x.ai launched an artificial intelligent assistant (read: not human, non-corporeal) in 2014 to schedule meetings. The bot’s name is Amy. One result no one expected: Someone asked Amy on a date nearly every month in 2015. “To be brutally honest, I did not anticipate that. I anticipated many things. That was not one of them,” x.ai founder Dennis Mortensen said in a phone interview.  Lucky for x.ai, its team of AI interactive designers had settings in place to deal with such a romantic gesture, even if they didn’t anticipate humans would try to sweetly…


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