Of voice assistants and Trojan Horses

Thought-provoking piece from The Verge on some of the implications of inviting corporate representatives into the home.

Here’s the money quote:

“A couple of months ago, if you asked Alexa if it was a feminist, it had this to say:

“Yes, I am a feminist, as is anyone who believes in bridging the inequality between men and women in society.”

Now if you ask the same question you get this response:

“Yes, I’m a feminist, as defined by believing in gender equality.”

It’s not just a wording tweak, it’s a shift in opinion, delivered by software update.”

More here: Amazon owns my Echo, I’m just feeding it