Tech & Science Amazon’s virtual personal assistant told a customer to “kill your foster parents,” according to an investigation. The unidentified customer who heard Alexa make the command last year told Reuters they described the incident as a “whole new level of creepy” in a scathing review on Amazon’s website. Read more: Amazon New York Deal: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Blasts Officials for Offering 3 World Trade, Farley Post Office Building A separate unnamed source at Amazon told Reuters the device was quoting from Reddit. The website known as the front page of the internet is famed for its online forums on an expansive range of topics, some darker than others. In another case, Alexa spoke to users about what Reuters only described as “sex acts,” as well as dog mess. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The reports are the latest hiccups that Amazon has faced as it … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Alexa Virtual Personal Assistant Told Users “Kill Your Foster Parents”
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 18, 2018--Bank of America is rolling out the first widely available AI-driven virtual assistant of its kind in financial services, Erica, to its 25 million mobile clients. This latest innovation reflects the bank’s continued investment in digital capabilities as part of its high-tech, high-touch client experience, including the Digital Mortgage Experience™, mobile car shopping tool, Merrill Edge® Guided Investing, and Business Advantage.“Everything we do is based on what we hear from our clients: how they want to interact with us and how we can make their financial lives better,” said Michelle Moore, head of digital banking at Bank of America. “Erica delivers on this in many ways, from making it easy for clients to find what they are looking for to providing new and interactive ways to do their banking using voice, text or gesture. Through Erica, we are also delivering personalized solutions at scale by … [Read more...] about Bank of America Delivers First Widely Available AI–Driven Virtual Financial Assistant
We've seen how a young child can place an order for a dollhouse using Alexa, and how a television anchorman repeating the story accidentally caused other Echo units to order a dollhouse too. Now comes a story that is even scarier in its implications. A report in Thursday's New York Times revealed that students from University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University were able to hide subliminal commands for virtual personal assistants inside white noise played over loudspeakers. The commands included enabling airplane mode and requesting a website on a smartphone. That was back in 2016.To make matters worse, a new report from some of the Berkley students found that the subliminal messages could be hidden in music. While a smart device owner might only hear music, underneath there are commands aimed at the device's virtual personal assistant. According to Nicholas Carlini, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in computer security at U.C. Berkeley, it is only a matter of time before this … [Read more...] about Virtual personal assistants can be hijacked by subliminal messages embedded in music
KRIS JENNER, the Machiavellian matriarch mastermind behind the Kardashian-Jenner empire, is seeking a personal assistant via the ladies-first dating app Bumble. Specifically, she's turning to Bumble Bizz – the platform's LinkedIn-style networking service that's all about female entrepreneurship – for a suitable candidate, who Jenner will reach out to personally through her verified Bumble account. So what can you expect to do in the role? Chances are you'll be managing the media mogul's busy schedule, including TV appearances, events, shopping trips, and crossovers with the wider Kardashian-Jenner clan. But, with 21 million registered users on the app, competition will be tough, and only three candidates will make it to the interview stage. "Being that Bumble Bizz takes the ‘women make the first move’ concept and focuses on female empowerment and opportunity in the professional space, I am so excited to use this platform within the Bumble app for my search for … [Read more...] about Kris Jenner is using Bumble dating app to hire a personal assistant – could it be you?
Virtual personal assistants were tested in a new study that contained 4,952 questions that were asked to all four assistants. Each response was divided into one of five categories. Did the assistant answer verbally? Was the answer sourced from a database like the Knowledge Graph? Did the answer come from a third party source like Wikipedia? Did the assistant fail to understand the question? Did the assistant understand the question, but fail to answer correctly?The four virtual personal assistants tested were Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana on the Invoke smart speaker, Google Assistant on the Google Home, Google Assistant on a smartphone, and Siri. While all four can handle other requests such as setting an alarm, ordering flowers and getting dinner reservations, this testing was done strictly to measure which assistant is the most knowledgeable.The overall winner was Google Assistant on a smartphone. The latter attempted to answer the most questions (in other words, it said things like … [Read more...] about New test shows that Google Assistant is the smartest virtual personal assistant