The Omnipresence of Artificial Intelligence or Why I Have a Relationship with My Personal Digital …

by Jason Thomas Almost every afternoon, after I return home from a stressful day at work, I walk into my living room and tell my Amazon Echo to play some calming jazz music. Alexa—what Amazon forces users to use as a “wake” word for the device—then responds by playing some comforting Dave Brubeck. I tell her to lower the lights in the room, and then order dog food from Amazon, saving myself a trip to the grocery store. I could also wake the device using the word “Amazon” but I prefer to anthropomorphize my technology. I prefer speaking to a “person” rather than a thing. Hence, I call her Alexa. And therein lies the problem. She’s not a person, she’s a thing. She’s an artificial intelligence that’s made me forget…


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