Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
The mere thought of riches is enough to excite most people, even Bill Hader.
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If you were to ask me what you should do if a Nigerian Prince wants to use your bank account in return for a million-dollar gift, I’d suggest you don’t reply.
But, as has been proved many times over recent times, I’m not a artificially intelligent. And I’m certainly not Siri.
Siri, if Apple’s new iPhone 6S ad is to be believed, is an obedient servant, not a protector of humanity against its vanity and greed.
Here we have comedian and actor Bill Hader eating an excessive burger at home. This doesn’t mean he can’t communicate with Siri. She’s hands-free these days.
She’s hands-off too. When Hader asks her to read his latest emails, she instantly obliges. The first is from Prince Oseph.
Perhaps you’re used to dealing with princes bearing gifts. Hader is not.
As soon as Siri reads that Prince Oseph is offering an opportunity for Hader to make “many millions of currency,” Hader is all in.
“Sign me up!” is his dictated reply. Well, he didn’t dictate the exclamation point, but I feel sure his tone dictated it.
Siri merely does as she’s told, which is a touch disturbing.
As artificial intelligence becomes more intelligent, there will surely come a point where our electronic nearest and dearest will warn us that the Prince Osephs of the world are not to be trusted. Currently, though, they are merely slaves to our laziness. They do what they’re told.
But in a future where mischief abounds even more than now, will Siri not only warn us about nefarious individuals, but dubious (to Siri) brands, events and facts too?
When we Google something, will she warn us that Google is — as Apple’s Tim Cook intimated — not the apogee of morality? Will she tell us not to book those Garth Brooks tickets, because reviews say he’s all hat and all prattle these days? Will she one day tell us not to vote for Lincoln Chafee because she’s never heard of him?
The possibilities of Siri, Cortana and friends becoming not merely our servants but — like Bertie Wooster’s Jeeves — our guardians and protectors are rather pulsating.
Just imagine if you have had one glass too many and Siri, on hearing a dictated email, whispers: “I’m not sending it. You’ll thank me in the morning.”