AI Virtual Assistants

That, by definition, is both utopia and dystopia.

Those virtual assistants, such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, are becoming household words — which is exactly what Google, Amazon, and and Apple want. The three giants are actually collaborating on ways and means to integrate with each other when it comes to setting up, paying the bill for, and maintaining, a smart home with a standard connectivity platform.

The Big Three are hoping that by correlating with each other they will be able to market more smart gadgets to more consumers as they realize that no matter what brand they purchase it will work with any other gadget at home or at work. In marketing parlance this is called ‘ringing all the chimes.’

This is where things get a bit sticky with privacy advocacy groups. They are wondering out loud and on social media whether it’s such a good idea to have machines talking to each other instead of talking to a human first. Personal information, such as PIN numbers and bank account numbers, as well as birth dates and health status, will soon be seamlessly passed from one gadget to another, as the need arises (according to AI algorithms), and this is worrisome to some people who prefer to keep themselves to themselves and not share too much data with an ever-widening web of internet platforms and their owners.