With love from my robot: virtual assistants may secretly be emailing you

Some people send flowers and chocolates to digital assistants, even though they know it’s just a robot. Photograph: George Marks/Getty Images It started as a normal email exchange with a tech CEO. He was up for a coffee, and passed me to his assistant to find a date. But then it turned a bit strange. Her emails were too good: all written in the same carefully casual, slightly humourless style. All formatted the same. All sent at socially convincing times. And all at believable intervals from my own messages. But they were off just a little. Hi Nellie, No worries! Unfortunately, Swift is unavailable tomorrow morning. Can you talk at one of the following times? Tuesday (Nov 10) at 3pm EST Tuesday (Nov 10) at 4:30pm EST Let me know!…


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