Celia Rivenbark: In 2017, artificial intelligence is horning in on the realm of advice

Thanks to the wonders of AI, it’s possible to ask a robot to help you figure out the best way to deal with a difficult situation. By Celia Rivenbark Tribune News Service One of the greatest hits as far as Christmas gift-giving was a gizmo called an Echo Dot I gave my nephew, Nathan. It was a hit despite the obligatory annoying learning curve that comes when any Southerner tries to talk to an artificial intelligence device (“Alexer, G-darnit, stop giving me the temperature in Celsius, I want it in American!”) I felt Nate’s pain. I had arrived in Chapel Hill weary from a verbal battle with Siri who, based on the convoluted traffic pattern she recommended, is a huge Duke fan. Artificial intelligence is a big buzzword for 2017.…


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