Can machines really learn?
I always thought that’s what they meant by intelligent design–that machines were programmed to respond intelligently to new stimuli.
But Siri, the voice-recognition device on my computer tablet and mobile phone, treats me differently than Honey.
Not my imagination, I swear.
Without hyperbole let me tell you how I arrived at this conclusion.
When I first learned about Siri I created a shopping list by ordering commands: Go to the bank, go to the store, etc.
When I looked at the list, Siri typed, Go to hell.
When I asked my phone Siri on which day Summer Solstice falls, she responded June 22.
When Honey asked his phone Siri on which day Summer Solstice falls, she responded June 22. And I hope you get the day off.
Clearly they have a special relationship.
Uncredited photo from http://singularityhub.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/manvsmachine.jpg