Over the years he has frequently sent me generic anodyne short questions such as ‘Busy weekend? I attribute this deficit of ability to text me anything engaging to his blatant aspergery tendencies.
Chris Eigner, CEO of the digital product agency Epsilon Eight and the engineer behind Ci Ci, had asked me to test out the sex education bot before he released it publicly.
While I'm usually an eager user of technologies in beta, I found myself feeling sheepish about talking to a bot about sex.
I laughed it off at the time, but recently I have started to notice how our behaviour is subtly and insidiously beginning to change, and this worries me.
Com Res and Nesta collaborated in research consisting of 1,000 British adults, ages 18 to 34, which was mainly done to promote Future Fest — a weekend festival to excite and challenge perceptions of the future.
Our annual Innovation Festival—a four-day event this fall with over 200 speakers, and events spanning more than 100 locations across New York City—requires an extreme amount of coordination.
The success of the event is contingent on over-communicating with our nearly 6,000 attendees to ensure that they know the where, when, and what of the sessions on their agendas.One of the findings was that 26% are willing to date a robot, but only if it looks like a real-life human.I was flabbergasted by this stat, but perhaps not so incredible bearing in mind that at the time of the survey, Humans, a Channel 4 drama series set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for a busy family is a Synth — a life-like humanoid in the form of the very attractive actress Gemma Chan.Ci Ci's response was sweet: "You can't put a price on true friendship." What may sound like a simple exchange was actually a remarkable experience.Ci Ci was capable of being simultaneously educational personable.Interactions like this — casual, informative, bot-driven — increasingly will be part of our lives, and we should be careful not to underestimate how significant this development is likely to be for the future of social change efforts.